|| Asylum a non-issue?
||May. 30th, 2002 10:27 am|
The UK has a population of 60 million. Annual influx of asylum seekers and refugees is around 70 thousand. That's about 0.1% . And yet these people are treated as "Britain's biggest problem", kicked around as a "political football", victimising them for votes. The very language of the debate is inherently xenophobic, talking of the "asylum-seeker problem", and denying both their human rights and our national duty to take in refugees. |
Now I'm not going to say that we need to have a totally "open door" policy, as I've not studied the issues this would lead to, but to claim that we need either a crackdown or the proposed isolationist policies is absurd. It would be a welcome change to see politicians concentrate on real issues, and not pander to (and augment) the xenophobic minority.
In other news, have left all my UK banknotes in the wrong pair of jeans. Having 50-odd euros really doesn't help with lunch :/ Mope levels are down, too, thanks in no small measure to Karen *hugs*
I read that George Carey (Archbishop of Canturbury) recently commented that we should let everybody in, including if they're "economic migrants" rather than "political refugees", because what difference does it really make given the condition they're leaving behind?...
heard this morning they're considering making people apply for asylum from the country they're running away from.
how many times??
...that's why they're running away!
it's like talking to a brick wall sometimes...
and the other thing,
Having 50-odd euros really doesn't help with lunch :/
i'm sorry but that sounds so sweet! awww! bless! ~hug~ and, er, hope you get some lunch somewhere.
The Refugee Council, among others, highlights the fact that initial decisions made on asylum seekers are often wrong, leading to many legitimate persons being rejected. If, as the government, wishes, they can kick people out after this, they can both cut legitimate intake and avoid being proven wrong.
The government really doesn't live being told it's wrong; hence the plans to reduce public right of information or appeal in the case of major construction projects. It's called the "fast-track" proposal; once more, rights are removed under the pretence of "efficiency".
I think M&S take Euros...
I find immigration a touchy topic since I'm basically an immigrant myself. But because I'm Irish there is an open door policy for me and there has been since independance. And I don't really see why that should be so, so I suffer from liberal guilt about it.
Seriously, why does the UK take any Irish person regardless of their situation back in Ireland (given that leaving Ireland is no longer an econmic necessity unlike, say, 20 years ago) while at the same time making life very difficult for people coming from places where there is civil war, no economy and many clear reasons for leaving.