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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.

 
 

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