Uk News Labour should be talking about immigration - but not by whipping up tensions United Kingdom news

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Uk News Labour should be talking about immigration - but not by whipping up tensions United Kingdom news

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Uk News Labour should be talking about immigration - but not by whipping up tensions United Kingdom news
25 November 2022 - 09:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Net migration figures released on Thursday, which are at an all-time high of 504,000, were unexpected and will create headaches across the political spectrum. They also show us how complex the issue is and why mad, vacuous slogans about the issue – such as promising to reduce it to “tens of thousands” – are imbecilic. Anyone who advocates for either open or closed borders should also be ignored. We are a country whose modern post-war history is built off the back of immigration. We invited people from countries (we colonised) to come over ‘ere to build our roads, work on our buses and staff our hospitals. You may not like us bloody foreigners, but I’m afraid you invited us here and our parents and grandparents grafted hard to help this country become prosperous. Unless you want to deport the lot of us somewhere hot with a dubious human rights record, Britain is now a multicultural and diverse country and will only continue in that direction. We are never going back to a 1940’s white Britain and there are many – including prominent political figures and commentators – who will simply never come to terms with that. Cry me a river. However, that doesn’t mean anyone who has any questions about these immigration figures is a dirty racist. Yesterday’s figures drive a coach and horses through many ideological fantasies. The first and most obvious being Brexit. People were promised vast reductions in immigration and that we could “take back control.” That didn’t happen and Brexiteers are livid. One of their desires has, however, come true: large numbers of EU citizens have “gone home”. But to their horror, the Government has also allowed more people to seek safety here from Afghanistan, Syria, Hong Kong and of course Ukraine. Plus, lots of people from outside the EU including 277,000 students. The Ukrainians, they can just about handle – the others? Not so much. There is an important discussion that needs to be had about what happens to these people when they arrive and the disastrous asylum backlog. How many are given a decent new start with proper housing where they can actually work and contribute? A story I hear over again is how people from Afghanistan or Ukraine who have made it over here are really struggling to get on and to get jobs due to barriers like their English. But it’s not just getting people over here.

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. Many families are still stuck in hotels. Yet the fact that we have taken in people under schemes – many poorly managed – means that the Home Secretary and other right-wingers can say “well we’ve done our bit so anyone else can bugger off.” That’s the excuse for closing off other safe and legal routes for asylum seekers, which takes us to small boat crossings and ignites the whole row about good immigrants and bad “invaders” – and round and round we go. While the Home Secretary blames people for coming over and the anti-immigration cohort yell “but what about Albanian men” in response to any discussion about why we need some immigration, the Oxford Migration Observatory found that 86 per cent of Albanians who were granted leave to remain in the UK in the year ending June 2022 were in fact women who were likely to have been trafficked.Then we come to the issue of labour shortages in sectors like hospitality, agriculture, and care. How realistic is it to say that we need to “wean ourselves off cheap immigration” in these sectors as Sir Keir Starmer said this week? There will always be a demand from business for access to cheap, available labour in some sectors because “local” people just won’t want to do those jobs because they are low paid and really hard. Now, you could then go down the whole “deny disabled people benefits until they pick fruit argument” but it’s cruel, has been tried many times and just doesn’t work. More from OpinionAfter six years as a political football, Nazanin and I are struggling to watch the World Cup25 November, 2022Our dire bus services are a quiet national crisis24 November, 2022Far worse than the heartbreak of an affair is the humiliation and self-loathing24 November, 2022If you want to get long-term economically inactive people back to work, that’s a good thing – but it takes time and a lot of investment in job centre coaches and working with employers and further education colleges to invest in skills and training. And if you really want to get people back into work – particularly those with caring responsibilities – flexible hours are critical. The cruelty of Brexit was that it promised a lot of angry, very economically marginalised people a world where as soon as all the foreigners left, life would be sweet. Now, there’s more of “them” and we’re back to the familiar talk of “lazy Brits on benefits” who refuse to work even though many are already doing low-paid work. Those Brexiteers who claim to want to increase pay and conditions are also the same people who demonise the trade union movement who exist to do just that. Of course, we must have a proper long-term strategy for equipping “British people for British jobs.” That’s not new and nor is that a fascist statement, especially as this country is multiethnic and minorities often struggle in the labour market. But this non-controversial aspiration involves serious amounts of money going into education, skills and career training – and it’s a project which takes time. What these figures show is that immigration is deeply complex. It feeds into so many wider policy areas, and we need it for noble causes as well as for often uncomfortable reasons. Our political leaders – particularly Labour as a government in waiting – have to start being honest and stop playing to their galleries. It’s easy to whip people up about immigration. What we need now is an actual long-term plan rooted in reality, not mad, vicious pipe dreams.

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