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Immigration myths and facts

29 Feb

Some will argue that immigration has become somewhat of a lifeline for the developed world’s economy, yet others still believe that immigrants have become a burden to the British economy and society at large. Are the latter claims founded, or are they xenophobic attempts to justify discrimination against foreigners?

is this your picture of immigration?

I have made an attempt to debunk some of the myths about immigration and immigrants in the UK by giving a few facts to counter these myths.

The myth: Immigration leads to unemployment

The facts:

  • Immigrants actually do the jobs that most native workers do not want or cannot do. Large areas of the health service and transport would collapse without workers from abroad
  • About a fifth of the people who do the vital job of caring for our older people were born abroad.

The myth: Migrants cause the housing crises

The facts:

  • There are two bedrooms for every person in the UK. The real problem is not the shortage of houses but rather the distribution; housing is distributed according to what people can afford not what they need.
  • There are nearly a million empty properties in Britain. The problem stems from the control by private developers and landlords.

The myth: Many asylum seekers are illegal

The fact:

  • The UK signed the 1951 convention on refugees, which means that by law anyone has the right to apply for asylum in the UK and remain until a final decision on their application has been made. Therefore, by definition there is no such thing as an illegal asylum seeker.

The myth: The UK is ‘swamped’ by huge numbers of refugees and asylum seekers

The fact:

  • There are 12 million refugees around the world, the majority of who are living in less developed countries; 72% of the global refugee population are in less developed countries and only 28% in the first world.
  • In essence, UK hosts only 1-2% of the world’s refugees and asylum seekers.

Although not comprehensive in any way, this account will hopefully help to do away with some of these myths on immigration; it actually does have some pros that should be accepted and embraced.

 
 

China in Kenya

22 Feb

The relationship between China and Kenya has deepened in the recent years as the mutual social, economic and political trust has increasingly enhanced.

Chinas presence has been specifically felt in the terms of investment made by the Chinese into this vibrant African economy. As china increases its footprint in the African country it has signed 10 bilateral agreements with Kenya.

Due to the many projects china has invested in, Kenya has become the largest beneficiary of Chinese aid and concessional loans.

Kenyan-Chinese trade stood at around $1.3 billion in 2009 with Kenyan exports to China almost negligible.

With few natural resources to attract China’s voracious energy industry, Kenya is nevertheless considered an important access market and a regional cornerstone. The east African country has acquired new strategic significance for China through its proximity to the future state of Southern Sudan.

 
 

Innovative remittance

20 Feb

If you were to take a quick glance at the different remittance related issues that we have covered over the past few months, you will probably pick up among other things, one recurring motif that runs through every blog post. That is the importance of remittances in alleviating harsh economic situations and sometimes even poverty faced by our families in Kenya.

Remittances are critical to the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Nearly 200 million people live outside their home countries and according to a recent WWB Innovation Brief, official remittances to the developing world now total USD 93 billion per year, making them the second most important resource of external funding in developing countries ahead of capital market flows and external funding for developing countries.

As the average remitter becomes more sophisticated, their needs also begin to change. Remittance has thus become more than just a monthly payment to the developing world that will cover basic expenses. Remittances provide an opportunity for investment, development, financial inclusion, savings, and entrepreneurial innovation, among other things.

Remittance products are therefore an important part of the remittance industry. It is crucial for remittance companies to come up with innovative ways to cater for their evolving clientele, keep up with technological advancements and at the same time remain accessible to the average recipient of remittance money in the developing world.

If you are interested in more than just sending money to Kenya, go check out mukuru.com to get an idea of the innovative products they have on offer!

 
 

Mobile Money Transfers

17 Feb

Mobile money transfer  like mukuru.com allows those without a bank account to transfer funds as quickly and easily as sending a text message.

The most successful of these systems, and the first to operate on a large scale, is M-Pesa, a joint venture between mobile phone giant Vodafone and Kenya’s Safaricom. The M stands for mobile, and Pesa is Swahili for money.

Over 50% of the adult population use the service to send money to far-flung relatives, to pay for shopping, utility bills, or even a night on the tiles and taxi ride home.With Mukuru.com you can use all major cards to make your payments from the convenience of your home and your recipient can collect the money instantly.