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Immigration myth buster!

31 Aug

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?

Maybe for some odd reason this is the picture of immigration that you have…

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.

 
 

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