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Exploding Myths – The Truth About Asylum Seekers

Posted on 15th November 2001. 136 Comments

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Jonathan Cox refutes common myths about asylum seekers in the United Kingdom…

Asylum seekers flooding into the UK?Asylum seekers don’t get a good press in the UK. Either they are depicted as economic migrants, cynically exploiting the system and stealing our jobs, or they are presented as a drain on scarce resources. If you read the Daily Mail, the Telegraph or listen to a Tory MP for long enough (I pity you if you have to endure all three!), you could be forgiven for thinking that our whole culture is threatened by a ‘flood’ of asylum seekers, and that their presence is draining the lifeblood from England’s mountains green. For too long the debate on asylum has been dominated by conflicting accusations of racism and treachery, with the facts buried under a sea of hyperbole. It is time that the facts about asylum seekers were established, and several of the most common myths exploded.

Myth #1: Asylum Seekers have ‘flooded’ in
Who would want Fortress Britain?If you go into practically any pub in the country and ask people how many asylum seekers they think live in Britain, you will probably hear complaints of hordes of foreigners ‘flooding’ in. Estimates will range from the thousands to the millions, although it is unlikely that anyone will give you an exact figure. If you follow up your initial question by asking if they have ever seen or met an asylum seeker, then in almost every case (unless you are in a pub in inner-city London or Kent) the respondent will say no. Indeed, it is an interesting question to ask yourself – I for one, despite living in a city with a high ethnic population, have never seen an asylum seeker. So where are these ‘hordes’ of asylum seekers living? The answer is that these ‘hordes’ do not, in fact, exist. The population of the United Kingdom is very nearly 60 million. The number of asylum seekers in the country up to August 2001 (when the latest government figures were released) was 90,000. That means that for every asylum there are 666 British citizens. Now, if I was Ian Paisley, I would make some sort of connection here between the asylum system and the antichrist, but I’m not. I will instead emphasise the actually quite small numbers of asylum seekers who apply in Britain – not so much a flood as a healthy trickle.

Myth #2: Britain is a soft touch
Saddam Hussein: persecutor of the KurdsHaving been shown that, in fact, Britain is not overrun with hordes of plundering asylum seekers, your average Daily Mail reader (sorry if you happen to be one who isn’t mad – I’d like to meet you) will say that Britain is still a soft-touch. Even if Britain was competely encircled by barbed wire, its ports manned by Marines ordered to shoot foreigners on sight and asylum seekers required to have visible bullet-wounds to be deemed legitimate, some people would call for tougher measure against asylum seekers. Britain is anything but a soft touch – only 17% of asylum applications are actually approved. Furthermore, although only Germany surpasses the UK in the number of asylum seekers it houses, ten smaller and poorer European countries (for example, Belgium) have far higher levels of asylum seekers per capita than Britain. Despite being (arguably) the fourth largest economy in the world, Britain still only takes 0.5% of the world’s total refugee population. Furthermore, the number of applications has dropped by 11,000 since 1988, a statistic not generally indicative of Britain being a soft touch! It seems that when it comes to assessing asylum claims, the government’s National Asylum Support Service is about as soft as Pol Pot.

Myth #3: They are all scroungers
Asylum seekers are often accused of being economic migrants, travelling to Britain only to take advantage of higher wages and benefits available here. However, the figures don’t reflect this assertion. If you analyse most asylum seekers’ country of origin, the reasons for their asylum applications become quite clear. In June 2001, the top four countries of origin were Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Sri Lanka. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that these are people fleeing from real danger, be it from the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, or bitter civil war. All four of these countries are classified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as either ‘Extremely Dangerous’ or ‘Extremely Insecure’. The vast majority of asylum seekers are not bogus applicants, but oppressed people for whom we should show every sympathy, and indeed, gratitude for honouring our nation as a bastion of liberty – boy, have they got a lot to learn!

Myth #4: They take our benefits and steal our jobs
Asylum seekers are often given inferior accommodationDespite the apparent paradox of this statement, it is an argument that is very frequently used. However, the current system (which the government is reviewing) denies asylum seekers normal state benefits. Each asylum seeker is given £36.54 of vouchers every week – that is 25% less than the government deems it possible to live on! The freedom granted to asylum seekers is also highly restricted. They have no choice of where to live, but are simply allocated accommodation. In one case, this has led to asylum seekers being impounded in Cardiff Prison! The total cost of asylum seekers to the British taxpayer has been reduced by £175,000,000 since 1999, standing at £375,000,000 for 2001 – a drop in the ocean, if you acknowledge that the majority of that is spent on administration and legal matters.

As for the asylum seekers’ pernicious tendency to steal our jobs – well since they aren’t allowed to work by law, this point is completely unfounded. Moreover, the unemployment statistics for August 2001 reveal it to be at its lowest level for 25 years, and average earnings are increased by 4.6%. Asylum seekers are not a threat to our economy, but a bonus. In years to come, Britain will reap the benefits of their contribution to society. Through the ages, asylum seekers, from the Huguenots to the Jews, have consistently played a leading role in the life of our nation.

Make up your own mind
As the government reviews the asylum system, the aim of this article is not to prejudice the reader to either extreme. Instead, it invites the reader to remove, temporarily, the raw emotion from the debate and ascertain the facts about asylum. Ignore the plaintive squeals of the Daily Mail or the Guardian, and make up your own mind – this is one issue that isn’t going to go away for a long time yet.

136 Comments »

  • Cox Forever said:

    Wahey! Much impressed.

  • Cox Forever said:

    Wahey! Much impressed.

  • Cox Forever said:

    Wahey! Much impressed.

  • I love jon said:

    More of the same we say

  • I love jon said:

    More of the same we say

  • I love jon said:

    More of the same we say

  • Plan said:

    I say we we get rid of any non-locals. All those in favour, say ‘why-eyyy man’.

  • Plan said:

    I say we we get rid of any non-locals. All those in favour, say ‘why-eyyy man’.

  • Plan said:

    I say we we get rid of any non-locals. All those in favour, say ‘why-eyyy man’.

  • jim said:

    we owe it to ourselves to accomodate these oppressed people and to lose the xenophobic tag. If they are black they are a problem, if they are not white enough it is a problem. Wise up!!

  • jim said:

    we owe it to ourselves to accomodate these oppressed people and to lose the xenophobic tag. If they are black they are a problem, if they are not white enough it is a problem. Wise up!!

  • jim said:

    we owe it to ourselves to accomodate these oppressed people and to lose the xenophobic tag. If they are black they are a problem, if they are not white enough it is a problem. Wise up!!

  • simon said:

    May be there wouldn’t be so much
    resentment if they weren’t give so
    much preference, it’s as if equality has
    gone out of the window. No money for
    pensioners, homeless etc but plenty
    for seekers to flaunt thier phones, cars,
    clothes etc, around town.

  • simon said:

    May be there wouldn’t be so much
    resentment if they weren’t give so
    much preference, it’s as if equality has
    gone out of the window. No money for
    pensioners, homeless etc but plenty
    for seekers to flaunt thier phones, cars,
    clothes etc, around town.

  • simon said:

    May be there wouldn’t be so much
    resentment if they weren’t give so
    much preference, it’s as if equality has
    gone out of the window. No money for
    pensioners, homeless etc but plenty
    for seekers to flaunt thier phones, cars,
    clothes etc, around town.

  • nerdish tendences said:

    I think Britain owes a lot to asylum seekers, quite often these people are fleeing their homes because they feel oppressed by the political and religious turbulence which is directly due to the colonisation of their lands by the west.

  • nerdish tendences said:

    I think Britain owes a lot to asylum seekers, quite often these people are fleeing their homes because they feel oppressed by the political and religious turbulence which is directly due to the colonisation of their lands by the west.

  • nerdish tendences said:

    I think Britain owes a lot to asylum seekers, quite often these people are fleeing their homes because they feel oppressed by the political and religious turbulence which is directly due to the colonisation of their lands by the west.

  • Pete said:

    I’ve been writing a dissertation on this mess and I have to say that the Guardian has been a fairly good source. However, the Daily Express has been crazed, fanatical, right-wing nonsense. But isn’t it always?

    But, yes, there is an asylum problem not so much in the sense that there are too many asylum seekers but that the British media and public seem not to have a clue what’s going on and this is fairly common right across Europe.

  • Pete said:

    I’ve been writing a dissertation on this mess and I have to say that the Guardian has been a fairly good source. However, the Daily Express has been crazed, fanatical, right-wing nonsense. But isn’t it always?

    But, yes, there is an asylum problem not so much in the sense that there are too many asylum seekers but that the British media and public seem not to have a clue what’s going on and this is fairly common right across Europe.

  • Pete said:

    I’ve been writing a dissertation on this mess and I have to say that the Guardian has been a fairly good source. However, the Daily Express has been crazed, fanatical, right-wing nonsense. But isn’t it always?

    But, yes, there is an asylum problem not so much in the sense that there are too many asylum seekers but that the British media and public seem not to have a clue what’s going on and this is fairly common right across Europe.

  • Gary said:

    Now that Iraq has been liberated, will we see the Iraqi refugees sent back (or will they go running back)? I doubt it, we ARE a soft touch make no mistake.

  • Gary said:

    Now that Iraq has been liberated, will we see the Iraqi refugees sent back (or will they go running back)? I doubt it, we ARE a soft touch make no mistake.

  • Gary said:

    Now that Iraq has been liberated, will we see the Iraqi refugees sent back (or will they go running back)? I doubt it, we ARE a soft touch make no mistake.

  • Anonymous said:

    Very interesting article on asylum seekers.What a beautiful idealistic portrayal of these downtrodden souls.
    I work in Wood Green sir,north London.Remember the Ricin “factory” and the running gun battles between the Turkish and Kurdish communities,the majority of whom are asylum seekers.How glad I am they chose to come to England.How fantastic the Eastern Europeans turned up to run much of the prostitution racket in London.Not to mention the dramatic rise in pick-pocketing offences perpetrated by these ex-Soviet citizens.You say it’s only costing us £375,000,000 in taxes and this is a “mere drop in the ocean”.You are a very amusing person.I wonder how much more the above figure would be if it included the cost to the police force in dealing with asylum seeker related crime.You univercity types are wonderfully funny.Mark.

  • Anonymous said:

    Very interesting article on asylum seekers.What a beautiful idealistic portrayal of these downtrodden souls.
    I work in Wood Green sir,north London.Remember the Ricin “factory” and the running gun battles between the Turkish and Kurdish communities,the majority of whom are asylum seekers.How glad I am they chose to come to England.How fantastic the Eastern Europeans turned up to run much of the prostitution racket in London.Not to mention the dramatic rise in pick-pocketing offences perpetrated by these ex-Soviet citizens.You say it’s only costing us £375,000,000 in taxes and this is a “mere drop in the ocean”.You are a very amusing person.I wonder how much more the above figure would be if it included the cost to the police force in dealing with asylum seeker related crime.You univercity types are wonderfully funny.Mark.

  • Anonymous said:

    Very interesting article on asylum seekers.What a beautiful idealistic portrayal of these downtrodden souls.
    I work in Wood Green sir,north London.Remember the Ricin “factory” and the running gun battles between the Turkish and Kurdish communities,the majority of whom are asylum seekers.How glad I am they chose to come to England.How fantastic the Eastern Europeans turned up to run much of the prostitution racket in London.Not to mention the dramatic rise in pick-pocketing offences perpetrated by these ex-Soviet citizens.You say it’s only costing us £375,000,000 in taxes and this is a “mere drop in the ocean”.You are a very amusing person.I wonder how much more the above figure would be if it included the cost to the police force in dealing with asylum seeker related crime.You univercity types are wonderfully funny.Mark.

  • jenny said:

    May I point out that many of societies ills relating to poverty, bad housing and ‘benefit fraud’ existed well before the so called ‘infux’ of asylum seekers into this country. Asylum seekers have been used as scrape goats by the current government and the political opposition to cover the mismanagment, corruption and lack of iniative in addressing these fundemental problems. Wosrt still, even so called bright and educated individuals are buying into the propaganda. My advice is if you want to know the truth focus on the facts.

  • jenny said:

    May I point out that many of societies ills relating to poverty, bad housing and ‘benefit fraud’ existed well before the so called ‘infux’ of asylum seekers into this country. Asylum seekers have been used as scrape goats by the current government and the political opposition to cover the mismanagment, corruption and lack of iniative in addressing these fundemental problems. Wosrt still, even so called bright and educated individuals are buying into the propaganda. My advice is if you want to know the truth focus on the facts.

  • jenny said:

    May I point out that many of societies ills relating to poverty, bad housing and ‘benefit fraud’ existed well before the so called ‘infux’ of asylum seekers into this country. Asylum seekers have been used as scrape goats by the current government and the political opposition to cover the mismanagment, corruption and lack of iniative in addressing these fundemental problems. Wosrt still, even so called bright and educated individuals are buying into the propaganda. My advice is if you want to know the truth focus on the facts.

  • Ian Morris said:

    One of the biggest myths about asylum seekers is that they receive better treatment than everyone. For instance, they are automatically given housing, receive hundred of pounds a week in benefits, can jump hospital waiting lists etc. I feel there exists what I call the somebody must be getting more than me syndrome where people who get a raw deal from the government will always believe someone is receiving better treatment than them. If your pension or the benefits are low, someone is getting more money than you. If you can not get a council house, someone is jumping the qeue. If your local council has not spent money in your area, the money must be being spent somewhere else. This explains why people are convinced asylum seekers live in the lap of luxury regardless of the treatment they receive. A few years ago people complained about how teenage single mothers ere automatically given housing and received generous benefits which is exactly the same thning that is being said asylum seekers today. If asylum seekers did not exist, people would only complaing how some other group or groups of people were receiving better preferential treatment.

  • Ian Morris said:

    One of the biggest myths about asylum seekers is that they receive better treatment than everyone. For instance, they are automatically given housing, receive hundred of pounds a week in benefits, can jump hospital waiting lists etc. I feel there exists what I call the somebody must be getting more than me syndrome where people who get a raw deal from the government will always believe someone is receiving better treatment than them. If your pension or the benefits are low, someone is getting more money than you. If you can not get a council house, someone is jumping the qeue. If your local council has not spent money in your area, the money must be being spent somewhere else. This explains why people are convinced asylum seekers live in the lap of luxury regardless of the treatment they receive. A few years ago people complained about how teenage single mothers ere automatically given housing and received generous benefits which is exactly the same thning that is being said asylum seekers today. If asylum seekers did not exist, people would only complaing how some other group or groups of people were receiving better preferential treatment.

  • Ian Morris said:

    One of the biggest myths about asylum seekers is that they receive better treatment than everyone. For instance, they are automatically given housing, receive hundred of pounds a week in benefits, can jump hospital waiting lists etc. I feel there exists what I call the somebody must be getting more than me syndrome where people who get a raw deal from the government will always believe someone is receiving better treatment than them. If your pension or the benefits are low, someone is getting more money than you. If you can not get a council house, someone is jumping the qeue. If your local council has not spent money in your area, the money must be being spent somewhere else. This explains why people are convinced asylum seekers live in the lap of luxury regardless of the treatment they receive. A few years ago people complained about how teenage single mothers ere automatically given housing and received generous benefits which is exactly the same thning that is being said asylum seekers today. If asylum seekers did not exist, people would only complaing how some other group or groups of people were receiving better preferential treatment.

  • Mark Vincent said:

    Once again we have a left wing article on asylum which leads to aload of lies and claptrap(very similar to the guardian newspaper)about Asylum. In the 1951 convention it clearly states that people have the right to seek asylum in the first county available but New labours friends are coming to the UK via Greece, Germany and France so they ARE NOT ASYLUM SEEKERS THEY ARE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS! This is what the Guardian, the left and the government clearly fails to understand. Message please read the Convention you thick basta***!

    Secondly the second lie all you guardian readers tell every one that asylum seekers contribute £2.5 Billion to the local economy how can this be when it clearly states they are not allowed to work until they have been granted asylum?

    The real facts are that asylum seekers cost £16,000 per year per person to the UK tax payer this is fact. The truth!

  • Mark Vincent said:

    Once again we have a left wing article on asylum which leads to aload of lies and claptrap(very similar to the guardian newspaper)about Asylum. In the 1951 convention it clearly states that people have the right to seek asylum in the first county available but New labours friends are coming to the UK via Greece, Germany and France so they ARE NOT ASYLUM SEEKERS THEY ARE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS! This is what the Guardian, the left and the government clearly fails to understand. Message please read the Convention you thick basta***!

    Secondly the second lie all you guardian readers tell every one that asylum seekers contribute £2.5 Billion to the local economy how can this be when it clearly states they are not allowed to work until they have been granted asylum?

    The real facts are that asylum seekers cost £16,000 per year per person to the UK tax payer this is fact. The truth!

  • Mark Vincent said:

    Once again we have a left wing article on asylum which leads to aload of lies and claptrap(very similar to the guardian newspaper)about Asylum. In the 1951 convention it clearly states that people have the right to seek asylum in the first county available but New labours friends are coming to the UK via Greece, Germany and France so they ARE NOT ASYLUM SEEKERS THEY ARE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS! This is what the Guardian, the left and the government clearly fails to understand. Message please read the Convention you thick basta***!

    Secondly the second lie all you guardian readers tell every one that asylum seekers contribute £2.5 Billion to the local economy how can this be when it clearly states they are not allowed to work until they have been granted asylum?

    The real facts are that asylum seekers cost £16,000 per year per person to the UK tax payer this is fact. The truth!

  • Cindy said:

    In response to what Mark said about asylum seekers not being allowed to to work, its very true, and i agree that the media has messed up here, in getting the words refugee and asylum seeker mixed up. Refugees are people who have been given permission to asylum, whilst asylum seekers are seeking it. Refugees are allowed to work, and this is what the media get wrong.

    And the second thing I wanted to point out is that asylum seekers are costing so much to tax payers right now because the home office with all its national and immigration departments are being really crappy with its organisation, and with the quality of screening of asylum seekers, and so creating a slow and expensive process. If the government did something to properly organise the system then it wouldn’t be such a shambles.

  • Cindy said:

    In response to what Mark said about asylum seekers not being allowed to to work, its very true, and i agree that the media has messed up here, in getting the words refugee and asylum seeker mixed up. Refugees are people who have been given permission to asylum, whilst asylum seekers are seeking it. Refugees are allowed to work, and this is what the media get wrong.

    And the second thing I wanted to point out is that asylum seekers are costing so much to tax payers right now because the home office with all its national and immigration departments are being really crappy with its organisation, and with the quality of screening of asylum seekers, and so creating a slow and expensive process. If the government did something to properly organise the system then it wouldn’t be such a shambles.

  • Cindy said:

    In response to what Mark said about asylum seekers not being allowed to to work, its very true, and i agree that the media has messed up here, in getting the words refugee and asylum seeker mixed up. Refugees are people who have been given permission to asylum, whilst asylum seekers are seeking it. Refugees are allowed to work, and this is what the media get wrong.

    And the second thing I wanted to point out is that asylum seekers are costing so much to tax payers right now because the home office with all its national and immigration departments are being really crappy with its organisation, and with the quality of screening of asylum seekers, and so creating a slow and expensive process. If the government did something to properly organise the system then it wouldn’t be such a shambles.

  • DK said:

    Firstly, it’s funny that the objections to Mr. Cox’s article are all so spiteful. Perhaps even if his view is one-sided, he’s succeeded in showing what a loathsome crowd of whingers you find amongst people who moan about asylum. By your very objections, you prove his point that this issue is used for empty “over-the-counter” political statements.

    Secondly, I’d like to know how many of you have actually met, dealt with, or even spoken to a refugee. I work with them every day as a schoolteacher. I teach English in a north London school, and of the 5 refugee children I work with, 3 have learnt English better than their British counterparts, in hardly two years. They are eager to learn, interested in their lessons, and strive to improve in all their written work. They are a wealth of interesting ideas when they do creative writing, not to mention when they give accounts of their lives back home. On the whole, they don’t get the best results, but most are learning at a lightning pace. If this Great Nation is supposed to be a meritocratic democracy, then surely asylum should be encouraged, as these kids are far more likely to make a difference to the country’s economy and social capital later in life.
    But of course, there’s always the argument that this is actually a Monarchy, and doesn’t aim to improve or change at all. I bet Prince Charles, was an absolute delight to his teachers, since despite the Public School system, he can hardly string a sentence together without uttering absolute manure.

  • DK said:

    Firstly, it’s funny that the objections to Mr. Cox’s article are all so spiteful. Perhaps even if his view is one-sided, he’s succeeded in showing what a loathsome crowd of whingers you find amongst people who moan about asylum. By your very objections, you prove his point that this issue is used for empty “over-the-counter” political statements.

    Secondly, I’d like to know how many of you have actually met, dealt with, or even spoken to a refugee. I work with them every day as a schoolteacher. I teach English in a north London school, and of the 5 refugee children I work with, 3 have learnt English better than their British counterparts, in hardly two years. They are eager to learn, interested in their lessons, and strive to improve in all their written work. They are a wealth of interesting ideas when they do creative writing, not to mention when they give accounts of their lives back home. On the whole, they don’t get the best results, but most are learning at a lightning pace. If this Great Nation is supposed to be a meritocratic democracy, then surely asylum should be encouraged, as these kids are far more likely to make a difference to the country’s economy and social capital later in life.
    But of course, there’s always the argument that this is actually a Monarchy, and doesn’t aim to improve or change at all. I bet Prince Charles, was an absolute delight to his teachers, since despite the Public School system, he can hardly string a sentence together without uttering absolute manure.

  • DK said:

    Firstly, it’s funny that the objections to Mr. Cox’s article are all so spiteful. Perhaps even if his view is one-sided, he’s succeeded in showing what a loathsome crowd of whingers you find amongst people who moan about asylum. By your very objections, you prove his point that this issue is used for empty “over-the-counter” political statements.

    Secondly, I’d like to know how many of you have actually met, dealt with, or even spoken to a refugee. I work with them every day as a schoolteacher. I teach English in a north London school, and of the 5 refugee children I work with, 3 have learnt English better than their British counterparts, in hardly two years. They are eager to learn, interested in their lessons, and strive to improve in all their written work. They are a wealth of interesting ideas when they do creative writing, not to mention when they give accounts of their lives back home. On the whole, they don’t get the best results, but most are learning at a lightning pace. If this Great Nation is supposed to be a meritocratic democracy, then surely asylum should be encouraged, as these kids are far more likely to make a difference to the country’s economy and social capital later in life.
    But of course, there’s always the argument that this is actually a Monarchy, and doesn’t aim to improve or change at all. I bet Prince Charles, was an absolute delight to his teachers, since despite the Public School system, he can hardly string a sentence together without uttering absolute manure.

  • Jon said:

    I know that a very small percentage of asylum seekers are genuine but most are here for all the freebees that they can get.
    I can get a brand new washing machine in Glasgow for £50. from new asylum seekers that has been provided to them by the state, all they then do is go back to the welfare and say it was stolen. certain asylum seekers are also provided with £1200. to purchase a car to get to interviews for jobs and who pays for this? (the tax payer).
    Courts have been told to ‘go easy’ on asylum seekers (this is racist against other non asylum seeker uk residents.
    Why the hell are we worried about terrorists when they are possably already here!

  • Jon said:

    I know that a very small percentage of asylum seekers are genuine but most are here for all the freebees that they can get.
    I can get a brand new washing machine in Glasgow for £50. from new asylum seekers that has been provided to them by the state, all they then do is go back to the welfare and say it was stolen. certain asylum seekers are also provided with £1200. to purchase a car to get to interviews for jobs and who pays for this? (the tax payer).
    Courts have been told to ‘go easy’ on asylum seekers (this is racist against other non asylum seeker uk residents.
    Why the hell are we worried about terrorists when they are possably already here!

  • Jon said:

    I know that a very small percentage of asylum seekers are genuine but most are here for all the freebees that they can get.
    I can get a brand new washing machine in Glasgow for £50. from new asylum seekers that has been provided to them by the state, all they then do is go back to the welfare and say it was stolen. certain asylum seekers are also provided with £1200. to purchase a car to get to interviews for jobs and who pays for this? (the tax payer).
    Courts have been told to ‘go easy’ on asylum seekers (this is racist against other non asylum seeker uk residents.
    Why the hell are we worried about terrorists when they are possably already here!

  • lucy said:

    Having taught English to asylum seekers for a number of years, I am now unemployed. However, AS are still better off than I am, considering I have paid tax and NI contributions for 20 years.

    They get Job Seekers’s Allowance, free prescriptions, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, FREE English courses worth £1000 per course, a grant from the Social Fund and more financial help with looking for worth than I do – purely because they are asylum seekers. Enough is enough. No more drain on our taxes please.

  • lucy said:

    Having taught English to asylum seekers for a number of years, I am now unemployed. However, AS are still better off than I am, considering I have paid tax and NI contributions for 20 years.

    They get Job Seekers’s Allowance, free prescriptions, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, FREE English courses worth £1000 per course, a grant from the Social Fund and more financial help with looking for worth than I do – purely because they are asylum seekers. Enough is enough. No more drain on our taxes please.

  • lucy said:

    Having taught English to asylum seekers for a number of years, I am now unemployed. However, AS are still better off than I am, considering I have paid tax and NI contributions for 20 years.

    They get Job Seekers’s Allowance, free prescriptions, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, FREE English courses worth £1000 per course, a grant from the Social Fund and more financial help with looking for worth than I do – purely because they are asylum seekers. Enough is enough. No more drain on our taxes please.

  • Mike Hunt said:

    Its very easy for some idiot obviously of foreign desent to call everyone racist because they are concerned about all these bloody foreigners coming in to our country and getting an easy ride. We need to send them back to where they came from persecuted or not. How can we ensure we are not bringing in a load of bloody terrorists, feeding and watering them before they blow us up!, I watched a programme last night about moslem terrorists some of them british born coming out with bullshit like “Your government is going to our country and killing our people so we will do it to you”. What the fuck is that all about, If they were born here then this is their country of birth what the hell are they on about anyway, if Bin Laden and his stinking bastard followers hadn’t incited the war, then noone would be being killed.
    A friend of mine was recently in an area local to us and heard loud islamic preaching so went nearer to the mosque from which he heard it coming from and stood outside listening to them inciting racial hatred toward the british. The trouble with Moslems in particular is that they do not integrate they segregate.
    And talking of whether Asylum seekers get better benefits than us Yes they bloody do! A few years ago myself and my partner were down on our luck on benefits and in need of accomodation, we were told we would have to wait SIX YEARS to be adequately housed and if not when renting on housing benefit they never provided enough to pay the full rent. I came across a website the other day which advertised in the paper that it would provide landlords with full market rent to landlords, provide long term contracts, and have nil empty periods and also offered to buy property quickly if anyone had one to sell. I thought this sounded good so looked at their site http://www.clearsprings.co.uk and it wanted you to sign into the official secrets act because they obviously did not want anyone to know about it, and it was to house fucking asylum seekers!!!
    This I’m afraid rattled my cage. I am a british citizen born and bred and they take six years to house us and would pay our full rent when we were out of work but they are more than happy to do it for immigrants. They abviously know the public would not welcome it or else they would not ask that you sign the official secrets act. We need to stand up and take our country back.

  • Mike Hunt said:

    Its very easy for some idiot obviously of foreign desent to call everyone racist because they are concerned about all these bloody foreigners coming in to our country and getting an easy ride. We need to send them back to where they came from persecuted or not. How can we ensure we are not bringing in a load of bloody terrorists, feeding and watering them before they blow us up!, I watched a programme last night about moslem terrorists some of them british born coming out with bullshit like “Your government is going to our country and killing our people so we will do it to you”. What the fuck is that all about, If they were born here then this is their country of birth what the hell are they on about anyway, if Bin Laden and his stinking bastard followers hadn’t incited the war, then noone would be being killed.
    A friend of mine was recently in an area local to us and heard loud islamic preaching so went nearer to the mosque from which he heard it coming from and stood outside listening to them inciting racial hatred toward the british. The trouble with Moslems in particular is that they do not integrate they segregate.
    And talking of whether Asylum seekers get better benefits than us Yes they bloody do! A few years ago myself and my partner were down on our luck on benefits and in need of accomodation, we were told we would have to wait SIX YEARS to be adequately housed and if not when renting on housing benefit they never provided enough to pay the full rent. I came across a website the other day which advertised in the paper that it would provide landlords with full market rent to landlords, provide long term contracts, and have nil empty periods and also offered to buy property quickly if anyone had one to sell. I thought this sounded good so looked at their site http://www.clearsprings.co.uk and it wanted you to sign into the official secrets act because they obviously did not want anyone to know about it, and it was to house fucking asylum seekers!!!
    This I’m afraid rattled my cage. I am a british citizen born and bred and they take six years to house us and would pay our full rent when we were out of work but they are more than happy to do it for immigrants. They abviously know the public would not welcome it or else they would not ask that you sign the official secrets act. We need to stand up and take our country back.

  • Mike Hunt said:

    Its very easy for some idiot obviously of foreign desent to call everyone racist because they are concerned about all these bloody foreigners coming in to our country and getting an easy ride. We need to send them back to where they came from persecuted or not. How can we ensure we are not bringing in a load of bloody terrorists, feeding and watering them before they blow us up!, I watched a programme last night about moslem terrorists some of them british born coming out with bullshit like “Your government is going to our country and killing our people so we will do it to you”. What the fuck is that all about, If they were born here then this is their country of birth what the hell are they on about anyway, if Bin Laden and his stinking bastard followers hadn’t incited the war, then noone would be being killed.
    A friend of mine was recently in an area local to us and heard loud islamic preaching so went nearer to the mosque from which he heard it coming from and stood outside listening to them inciting racial hatred toward the british. The trouble with Moslems in particular is that they do not integrate they segregate.
    And talking of whether Asylum seekers get better benefits than us Yes they bloody do! A few years ago myself and my partner were down on our luck on benefits and in need of accomodation, we were told we would have to wait SIX YEARS to be adequately housed and if not when renting on housing benefit they never provided enough to pay the full rent. I came across a website the other day which advertised in the paper that it would provide landlords with full market rent to landlords, provide long term contracts, and have nil empty periods and also offered to buy property quickly if anyone had one to sell. I thought this sounded good so looked at their site http://www.clearsprings.co.uk and it wanted you to sign into the official secrets act because they obviously did not want anyone to know about it, and it was to house fucking asylum seekers!!!
    This I’m afraid rattled my cage. I am a british citizen born and bred and they take six years to house us and would pay our full rent when we were out of work but they are more than happy to do it for immigrants. They abviously know the public would not welcome it or else they would not ask that you sign the official secrets act. We need to stand up and take our country back.

  • Sarah said:

    Looking at the bigger picture to me it seems simple. We have so many luxoreys that to give someone a chance, someone that may fear for their life is the only way to think. I understand fears but these are often not first hand and people surley should be given the chance to what we already have, the chance to prove so many people wrong. After all we are all humans with rthe same rights! i understand that people frea that vast numbers will overtake the culture that our country has going for it, my view to that would be when comparing a persons life a person in need it seems irrelivant.

  • Sarah said:

    Looking at the bigger picture to me it seems simple. We have so many luxoreys that to give someone a chance, someone that may fear for their life is the only way to think. I understand fears but these are often not first hand and people surley should be given the chance to what we already have, the chance to prove so many people wrong. After all we are all humans with rthe same rights! i understand that people frea that vast numbers will overtake the culture that our country has going for it, my view to that would be when comparing a persons life a person in need it seems irrelivant.

  • Sarah said:

    Looking at the bigger picture to me it seems simple. We have so many luxoreys that to give someone a chance, someone that may fear for their life is the only way to think. I understand fears but these are often not first hand and people surley should be given the chance to what we already have, the chance to prove so many people wrong. After all we are all humans with rthe same rights! i understand that people frea that vast numbers will overtake the culture that our country has going for it, my view to that would be when comparing a persons life a person in need it seems irrelivant.

  • Adam Wilson said:

    Britain has a long tradition of accepting minorities persecuted in other countries, and of intolerance to their presence once they are here. At the turn of the 20th century the main immigrant group were Jews, from Tsarist Russia, or Germany. The same accuations levelled against the asylum seekers of today were leveleed against them, but with a greater degree of accuracy, since many of the Russian emigres were involved in revolutionary activity, and continued their underground subversive activities here; the most notable incident being the Seige of Sidney street against a gang of Latvian anarchists.
    However, I believe many of the problems today are cused by the hypocritical way in which we deal with migrants to the UK, both those who claim asylum and those who are econominc migrants. In the past it was considered reasonable to allow people the privilege of entry, and thereby escaping persecution, there was felt to be no obligation to provide housing and benefits to the extent that we do today. The contrary argument is that the ecomony is not so buoyant today, and that our standards are different; it is simply not acceptable to allow people entry, but to expect them to fend for themselves.
    This is the very worst kind of liberalism, and it provides a very fertile ground for the growing extremism in Britain today, since what is effectively being said is; “if you are born in the UK, you will be expected to struggle like anyone else, but if you arrive here and claim asylum you will be provided a material advantage”. That is in no way fair, and anyone who tries to claim that asylum seekers are NOT given priority for housing, or treated preferentially by the benefit system must be living in a different country to me.
    I live in a terraced house converted to three housing association flats. Two are occupied by Asylum seekers, the third by myself and my daughter, [I am a single parent]. Both families are living on Disability Living Allowance, at the highest rate, including Motability, where the state pays for a new car every four years, yet in one case the husband manages to run a business, despite claiming that he cannot work due to his illnesses. The other family have been in trouble with the housing association because they were subletting their property, despite receiving full housing benefit.
    I recently was refused a grant to give me a washing machine, despite having been born in this town.
    Now I have never been prejudiced in my life, but seeing things like this on a daily basis, along with my daughter being bullied by the Kososvan children who refuse to play with her, and stick to themselves, sometimes makes my blood boil.
    I ask myself this? If I went to anyone of these countries and requested the same level of assistance that is being given to those who wish to stay here I would be laughed at, and rightly so. What has happened in Britain that we have so totally lost all sense of proportion that we fall over ourselves to help those who come here asking only for refuge, when we can barely afford to help all those who are born here.
    Further more, those who have allowed this situation to arise have the cheek to call anyone who dares to complain about it racist. In this they are truly pandering to the desires of the fascists. The BNP loves asylum seekers. Nothing has gained them the support that this issue has. The revel in the indecision of the mainstream parties, ever fearful of being labelled as racist for telling the truth.
    Unless we are to see an increase in the influence of the BNP and fellow travellers it is time that the excesses of the asylum policy are ended. Britian does not have either the room of the resources to support open door asylum poilicies, and by providng those who do succeed in claiming asylum here with greater material benefits than idiginous citizens we are losing sight of what the genuine claimants hope most for, safety from oppression, and giving opportunities to economic migrants.
    For the sake of preventing extremism from growing stronger in the UK it is time that the truth be told, and political correctness be damned, and the truth is that asylum means safety from oppression, not a life of luxury at the expense of the taxpayer.

  • Adam Wilson said:

    Britain has a long tradition of accepting minorities persecuted in other countries, and of intolerance to their presence once they are here. At the turn of the 20th century the main immigrant group were Jews, from Tsarist Russia, or Germany. The same accuations levelled against the asylum seekers of today were leveleed against them, but with a greater degree of accuracy, since many of the Russian emigres were involved in revolutionary activity, and continued their underground subversive activities here; the most notable incident being the Seige of Sidney street against a gang of Latvian anarchists.
    However, I believe many of the problems today are cused by the hypocritical way in which we deal with migrants to the UK, both those who claim asylum and those who are econominc migrants. In the past it was considered reasonable to allow people the privilege of entry, and thereby escaping persecution, there was felt to be no obligation to provide housing and benefits to the extent that we do today. The contrary argument is that the ecomony is not so buoyant today, and that our standards are different; it is simply not acceptable to allow people entry, but to expect them to fend for themselves.
    This is the very worst kind of liberalism, and it provides a very fertile ground for the growing extremism in Britain today, since what is effectively being said is; “if you are born in the UK, you will be expected to struggle like anyone else, but if you arrive here and claim asylum you will be provided a material advantage”. That is in no way fair, and anyone who tries to claim that asylum seekers are NOT given priority for housing, or treated preferentially by the benefit system must be living in a different country to me.
    I live in a terraced house converted to three housing association flats. Two are occupied by Asylum seekers, the third by myself and my daughter, [I am a single parent]. Both families are living on Disability Living Allowance, at the highest rate, including Motability, where the state pays for a new car every four years, yet in one case the husband manages to run a business, despite claiming that he cannot work due to his illnesses. The other family have been in trouble with the housing association because they were subletting their property, despite receiving full housing benefit.
    I recently was refused a grant to give me a washing machine, despite having been born in this town.
    Now I have never been prejudiced in my life, but seeing things like this on a daily basis, along with my daughter being bullied by the Kososvan children who refuse to play with her, and stick to themselves, sometimes makes my blood boil.
    I ask myself this? If I went to anyone of these countries and requested the same level of assistance that is being given to those who wish to stay here I would be laughed at, and rightly so. What has happened in Britain that we have so totally lost all sense of proportion that we fall over ourselves to help those who come here asking only for refuge, when we can barely afford to help all those who are born here.
    Further more, those who have allowed this situation to arise have the cheek to call anyone who dares to complain about it racist. In this they are truly pandering to the desires of the fascists. The BNP loves asylum seekers. Nothing has gained them the support that this issue has. The revel in the indecision of the mainstream parties, ever fearful of being labelled as racist for telling the truth.
    Unless we are to see an increase in the influence of the BNP and fellow travellers it is time that the excesses of the asylum policy are ended. Britian does not have either the room of the resources to support open door asylum poilicies, and by providng those who do succeed in claiming asylum here with greater material benefits than idiginous citizens we are losing sight of what the genuine claimants hope most for, safety from oppression, and giving opportunities to economic migrants.
    For the sake of preventing extremism from growing stronger in the UK it is time that the truth be told, and political correctness be damned, and the truth is that asylum means safety from oppression, not a life of luxury at the expense of the taxpayer.

  • Adam Wilson said:

    Britain has a long tradition of accepting minorities persecuted in other countries, and of intolerance to their presence once they are here. At the turn of the 20th century the main immigrant group were Jews, from Tsarist Russia, or Germany. The same accuations levelled against the asylum seekers of today were leveleed against them, but with a greater degree of accuracy, since many of the Russian emigres were involved in revolutionary activity, and continued their underground subversive activities here; the most notable incident being the Seige of Sidney street against a gang of Latvian anarchists.
    However, I believe many of the problems today are cused by the hypocritical way in which we deal with migrants to the UK, both those who claim asylum and those who are econominc migrants. In the past it was considered reasonable to allow people the privilege of entry, and thereby escaping persecution, there was felt to be no obligation to provide housing and benefits to the extent that we do today. The contrary argument is that the ecomony is not so buoyant today, and that our standards are different; it is simply not acceptable to allow people entry, but to expect them to fend for themselves.
    This is the very worst kind of liberalism, and it provides a very fertile ground for the growing extremism in Britain today, since what is effectively being said is; “if you are born in the UK, you will be expected to struggle like anyone else, but if you arrive here and claim asylum you will be provided a material advantage”. That is in no way fair, and anyone who tries to claim that asylum seekers are NOT given priority for housing, or treated preferentially by the benefit system must be living in a different country to me.
    I live in a terraced house converted to three housing association flats. Two are occupied by Asylum seekers, the third by myself and my daughter, [I am a single parent]. Both families are living on Disability Living Allowance, at the highest rate, including Motability, where the state pays for a new car every four years, yet in one case the husband manages to run a business, despite claiming that he cannot work due to his illnesses. The other family have been in trouble with the housing association because they were subletting their property, despite receiving full housing benefit.
    I recently was refused a grant to give me a washing machine, despite having been born in this town.
    Now I have never been prejudiced in my life, but seeing things like this on a daily basis, along with my daughter being bullied by the Kososvan children who refuse to play with her, and stick to themselves, sometimes makes my blood boil.
    I ask myself this? If I went to anyone of these countries and requested the same level of assistance that is being given to those who wish to stay here I would be laughed at, and rightly so. What has happened in Britain that we have so totally lost all sense of proportion that we fall over ourselves to help those who come here asking only for refuge, when we can barely afford to help all those who are born here.
    Further more, those who have allowed this situation to arise have the cheek to call anyone who dares to complain about it racist. In this they are truly pandering to the desires of the fascists. The BNP loves asylum seekers. Nothing has gained them the support that this issue has. The revel in the indecision of the mainstream parties, ever fearful of being labelled as racist for telling the truth.
    Unless we are to see an increase in the influence of the BNP and fellow travellers it is time that the excesses of the asylum policy are ended. Britian does not have either the room of the resources to support open door asylum poilicies, and by providng those who do succeed in claiming asylum here with greater material benefits than idiginous citizens we are losing sight of what the genuine claimants hope most for, safety from oppression, and giving opportunities to economic migrants.
    For the sake of preventing extremism from growing stronger in the UK it is time that the truth be told, and political correctness be damned, and the truth is that asylum means safety from oppression, not a life of luxury at the expense of the taxpayer.

  • Eblane said:

    Hmmm. Strange that this topic has been resurrected. The thing I find depressing is how little people actually know on the issue, relying on subjective perceptions of their locality, the half truths of the media and fudged logic and thought. Racism, prejudice and irrational fear are rife throughout Britain. Some displays are subtle, some more crude (have a cookie, Mike Vincent). Sadly people are basically inherently ungenerous, uncharitable and spiteful. I’d rather a 1000 “bogus” asylum seekers were let in than run the risk of 1000 genuine claims being rejected. If we offer asylum, and we believe in the concept we must accept that there are some who will exploit it. Most people can’t seem bring themselves to care about the plight of anyone they can’t relate to.

  • Eblane said:

    Hmmm. Strange that this topic has been resurrected. The thing I find depressing is how little people actually know on the issue, relying on subjective perceptions of their locality, the half truths of the media and fudged logic and thought. Racism, prejudice and irrational fear are rife throughout Britain. Some displays are subtle, some more crude (have a cookie, Mike Vincent). Sadly people are basically inherently ungenerous, uncharitable and spiteful. I’d rather a 1000 “bogus” asylum seekers were let in than run the risk of 1000 genuine claims being rejected. If we offer asylum, and we believe in the concept we must accept that there are some who will exploit it. Most people can’t seem bring themselves to care about the plight of anyone they can’t relate to.

  • Eblane said:

    Hmmm. Strange that this topic has been resurrected. The thing I find depressing is how little people actually know on the issue, relying on subjective perceptions of their locality, the half truths of the media and fudged logic and thought. Racism, prejudice and irrational fear are rife throughout Britain. Some displays are subtle, some more crude (have a cookie, Mike Vincent). Sadly people are basically inherently ungenerous, uncharitable and spiteful. I’d rather a 1000 “bogus” asylum seekers were let in than run the risk of 1000 genuine claims being rejected. If we offer asylum, and we believe in the concept we must accept that there are some who will exploit it. Most people can’t seem bring themselves to care about the plight of anyone they can’t relate to.

  • ajphy said:

    What? Asylum Seekers can’t work until they are granted asylum? Rubbish!

    It takes only a short period of time for asylum seekers to be given a work permit. Mush of the work they do is low paid, often manual, and with unsocial hours.

    They work long and hard at jobs the British turn their noses up at so that they can remain on the dole.

    Get your facts right man!!

  • ajphy said:

    What? Asylum Seekers can’t work until they are granted asylum? Rubbish!

    It takes only a short period of time for asylum seekers to be given a work permit. Mush of the work they do is low paid, often manual, and with unsocial hours.

    They work long and hard at jobs the British turn their noses up at so that they can remain on the dole.

    Get your facts right man!!

  • ajphy said:

    What? Asylum Seekers can’t work until they are granted asylum? Rubbish!

    It takes only a short period of time for asylum seekers to be given a work permit. Mush of the work they do is low paid, often manual, and with unsocial hours.

    They work long and hard at jobs the British turn their noses up at so that they can remain on the dole.

    Get your facts right man!!

  • alan said:

    why should they work when they recieve up to £190/week with no rent, poll-tax, gas, electricity, tv license, food(‘I no money you ring dss’) the only thing they pay for is beer in pubs and explosives

  • alan said:

    why should they work when they recieve up to £190/week with no rent, poll-tax, gas, electricity, tv license, food(‘I no money you ring dss’) the only thing they pay for is beer in pubs and explosives

  • alan said:

    why should they work when they recieve up to £190/week with no rent, poll-tax, gas, electricity, tv license, food(‘I no money you ring dss’) the only thing they pay for is beer in pubs and explosives

  • Anonymous said:

    Yeah because of course all Muslim extremists are to be found down the pub. Why, only last night did I see bin Laden down the Nag’s Head. I pointed out to him that Muslims say that alcohol is haram, but he called me an infidel and danced the Hokey Pokey instead.

  • Anonymous said:

    Yeah because of course all Muslim extremists are to be found down the pub. Why, only last night did I see bin Laden down the Nag’s Head. I pointed out to him that Muslims say that alcohol is haram, but he called me an infidel and danced the Hokey Pokey instead.

  • Anonymous said:

    Yeah because of course all Muslim extremists are to be found down the pub. Why, only last night did I see bin Laden down the Nag’s Head. I pointed out to him that Muslims say that alcohol is haram, but he called me an infidel and danced the Hokey Pokey instead.

  • Ashley Byford said:

    Been doing a college project, chose to do Immigration & Asylum, as used to work for the Immigration Advisory Service, so it’s an area that I now a great deal about, even though it [the lew] is constantly changing !! From What i can see, asylum seekers do not scrounge benefits, they get 70% less from NASS than lazy brits do who don’t want to work, and they will only get the support if they can proove that they have no other means of supporting themselves……..they are not supposed to work without permission from the gov’t (when they work they don’t get benies) less than 2% of the worlds asylum seekers come to the UK, we are not a soft touch, in fact we teart out asylum seeers appalingly. They are not criminals but victims of crime, they flee from persecution, only to be persecuted once they arrive in the UK. If a Brit was told they could not go to a country of their choice just for a visit, they’d be mortified, let alone making a new life for yourself free from harm!! Imagine what life would be like for you!! DId you know that the founder of Mars & Spencer was a Refugee…………look how many people M&S employ……….seems thay create jobs for people, and do teh ones we dont want and are too lazy to do, and if it wasn’t for immigrants & asylum seekers, out puplic services would be up sh1t street!! Some thing to think about!! They put 10% more into the economy in income tax and natinal insurance than what they take out, so again, they are not scroungers!! We treat them very poorly, and they are scrutinsed on an almost daily basis by the media, who seem to b very stereotypical!!

  • Ashley Byford said:

    Been doing a college project, chose to do Immigration & Asylum, as used to work for the Immigration Advisory Service, so it’s an area that I now a great deal about, even though it [the lew] is constantly changing !! From What i can see, asylum seekers do not scrounge benefits, they get 70% less from NASS than lazy brits do who don’t want to work, and they will only get the support if they can proove that they have no other means of supporting themselves……..they are not supposed to work without permission from the gov’t (when they work they don’t get benies) less than 2% of the worlds asylum seekers come to the UK, we are not a soft touch, in fact we teart out asylum seeers appalingly. They are not criminals but victims of crime, they flee from persecution, only to be persecuted once they arrive in the UK. If a Brit was told they could not go to a country of their choice just for a visit, they’d be mortified, let alone making a new life for yourself free from harm!! Imagine what life would be like for you!! DId you know that the founder of Mars & Spencer was a Refugee…………look how many people M&S employ……….seems thay create jobs for people, and do teh ones we dont want and are too lazy to do, and if it wasn’t for immigrants & asylum seekers, out puplic services would be up sh1t street!! Some thing to think about!! They put 10% more into the economy in income tax and natinal insurance than what they take out, so again, they are not scroungers!! We treat them very poorly, and they are scrutinsed on an almost daily basis by the media, who seem to b very stereotypical!!

  • Ashley Byford said:

    Been doing a college project, chose to do Immigration & Asylum, as used to work for the Immigration Advisory Service, so it’s an area that I now a great deal about, even though it [the lew] is constantly changing !! From What i can see, asylum seekers do not scrounge benefits, they get 70% less from NASS than lazy brits do who don’t want to work, and they will only get the support if they can proove that they have no other means of supporting themselves……..they are not supposed to work without permission from the gov’t (when they work they don’t get benies) less than 2% of the worlds asylum seekers come to the UK, we are not a soft touch, in fact we teart out asylum seeers appalingly. They are not criminals but victims of crime, they flee from persecution, only to be persecuted once they arrive in the UK. If a Brit was told they could not go to a country of their choice just for a visit, they’d be mortified, let alone making a new life for yourself free from harm!! Imagine what life would be like for you!! DId you know that the founder of Mars & Spencer was a Refugee…………look how many people M&S employ……….seems thay create jobs for people, and do teh ones we dont want and are too lazy to do, and if it wasn’t for immigrants & asylum seekers, out puplic services would be up sh1t street!! Some thing to think about!! They put 10% more into the economy in income tax and natinal insurance than what they take out, so again, they are not scroungers!! We treat them very poorly, and they are scrutinsed on an almost daily basis by the media, who seem to b very stereotypical!!

  • Kate P said:

    As a British citizen i feel just as strongly, that the system has major flaws but that we are fortunate enough to be in a country that allows us freedom and a good standard of living if we apply ourselves, and i am completely against bogus asylum seekers and all that they stand for but ask your self one thing, if you were a geniune asylum seeker in fear of your own or your families lives and you had no alternative wouldnt you hope and pray there would be someone to turn to and somewhere to go???…. war and conflict has many innocent victims would you not think that you deserved the right to escape it and live without fear????
    We are all human beings after all, what gives us the right to say who can an cant be entitled to shelter? after all it could have been us in their position and I for one am so thankful that i am not… anyone who thinks that its a walk in the park for them is small minded and ignorant.

  • Kate P said:

    As a British citizen i feel just as strongly, that the system has major flaws but that we are fortunate enough to be in a country that allows us freedom and a good standard of living if we apply ourselves, and i am completely against bogus asylum seekers and all that they stand for but ask your self one thing, if you were a geniune asylum seeker in fear of your own or your families lives and you had no alternative wouldnt you hope and pray there would be someone to turn to and somewhere to go???…. war and conflict has many innocent victims would you not think that you deserved the right to escape it and live without fear????
    We are all human beings after all, what gives us the right to say who can an cant be entitled to shelter? after all it could have been us in their position and I for one am so thankful that i am not… anyone who thinks that its a walk in the park for them is small minded and ignorant.

  • Kate P said:

    As a British citizen i feel just as strongly, that the system has major flaws but that we are fortunate enough to be in a country that allows us freedom and a good standard of living if we apply ourselves, and i am completely against bogus asylum seekers and all that they stand for but ask your self one thing, if you were a geniune asylum seeker in fear of your own or your families lives and you had no alternative wouldnt you hope and pray there would be someone to turn to and somewhere to go???…. war and conflict has many innocent victims would you not think that you deserved the right to escape it and live without fear????
    We are all human beings after all, what gives us the right to say who can an cant be entitled to shelter? after all it could have been us in their position and I for one am so thankful that i am not… anyone who thinks that its a walk in the park for them is small minded and ignorant.

  • Joseph said:

    Asylum seekers have a bad life in they country, they come over here to be safe.
    No one can see what they been through.
    They get rapped, used, some are poor and cant offer food in the table for they kids. And asylum seekers can’t get jobs in the U.K so no one can say they taking are jobs. And the one who starts war in every country is America and Britain. They have the baldest history with war.
    They went to Iraq missed up everything for oil. They went Palestine and took it and gave it to the Jews. Went Somalia and made a war their.
    Went Afghanistan and had war there.
    Have you seen how they treat people
    And they blame Muslims with everything,
    Some of you people complaining about asylum seekers that they take your jobs.
    And don’t see that the British and the American government taking the whole world and try miss it up and make war and they accept Muslims to not fight back. Muslims are dying everyday and when 1 American soldier die they make it a big deal and in every news.
    We have to think we people, be together help each others. No different between each other asylum or British citizens. we all humans.

  • Joseph said:

    Asylum seekers have a bad life in they country, they come over here to be safe.
    No one can see what they been through.
    They get rapped, used, some are poor and cant offer food in the table for they kids. And asylum seekers can’t get jobs in the U.K so no one can say they taking are jobs. And the one who starts war in every country is America and Britain. They have the baldest history with war.
    They went to Iraq missed up everything for oil. They went Palestine and took it and gave it to the Jews. Went Somalia and made a war their.
    Went Afghanistan and had war there.
    Have you seen how they treat people
    And they blame Muslims with everything,
    Some of you people complaining about asylum seekers that they take your jobs.
    And don’t see that the British and the American government taking the whole world and try miss it up and make war and they accept Muslims to not fight back. Muslims are dying everyday and when 1 American soldier die they make it a big deal and in every news.
    We have to think we people, be together help each others. No different between each other asylum or British citizens. we all humans.

  • Joseph said:

    Asylum seekers have a bad life in they country, they come over here to be safe.
    No one can see what they been through.
    They get rapped, used, some are poor and cant offer food in the table for they kids. And asylum seekers can’t get jobs in the U.K so no one can say they taking are jobs. And the one who starts war in every country is America and Britain. They have the baldest history with war.
    They went to Iraq missed up everything for oil. They went Palestine and took it and gave it to the Jews. Went Somalia and made a war their.
    Went Afghanistan and had war there.
    Have you seen how they treat people
    And they blame Muslims with everything,
    Some of you people complaining about asylum seekers that they take your jobs.
    And don’t see that the British and the American government taking the whole world and try miss it up and make war and they accept Muslims to not fight back. Muslims are dying everyday and when 1 American soldier die they make it a big deal and in every news.
    We have to think we people, be together help each others. No different between each other asylum or British citizens. we all humans.

  • Matt said:

    The figures in this article are really old. What about the 250,000 or so failed asylum seekers who are still at large in the UK?
    Add to that the outright illegal immigrants and you do indeed have “hordes”of third-worlders living in the shadows in the UK.
    These tired old claims that immigrants (legal, illegal or asylum seekers) brink benefits to our country is totally bogus. Has anyone ever been seen the “benefits” these people bring to UK society? Forget the carefully massaged government statistics that serve only the needs of Labor policymakers – pick up a newspaper and read through the main stories of the day … you’re more likely to see a police officer murdered or a girl raped by immigrants than an immigrant getting an award for being an asset to society.
    It’s time to bolt the door and start cleaning up the mess of years of immigration mismanagement – we shouldn’t have to wait for the next Tory government for a solution to this ever worsening and painfully obvious problem.

  • Matt said:

    The figures in this article are really old. What about the 250,000 or so failed asylum seekers who are still at large in the UK?
    Add to that the outright illegal immigrants and you do indeed have “hordes”of third-worlders living in the shadows in the UK.
    These tired old claims that immigrants (legal, illegal or asylum seekers) brink benefits to our country is totally bogus. Has anyone ever been seen the “benefits” these people bring to UK society? Forget the carefully massaged government statistics that serve only the needs of Labor policymakers – pick up a newspaper and read through the main stories of the day … you’re more likely to see a police officer murdered or a girl raped by immigrants than an immigrant getting an award for being an asset to society.
    It’s time to bolt the door and start cleaning up the mess of years of immigration mismanagement – we shouldn’t have to wait for the next Tory government for a solution to this ever worsening and painfully obvious problem.

  • Matt said:

    The figures in this article are really old. What about the 250,000 or so failed asylum seekers who are still at large in the UK?
    Add to that the outright illegal immigrants and you do indeed have “hordes”of third-worlders living in the shadows in the UK.
    These tired old claims that immigrants (legal, illegal or asylum seekers) brink benefits to our country is totally bogus. Has anyone ever been seen the “benefits” these people bring to UK society? Forget the carefully massaged government statistics that serve only the needs of Labor policymakers – pick up a newspaper and read through the main stories of the day … you’re more likely to see a police officer murdered or a girl raped by immigrants than an immigrant getting an award for being an asset to society.
    It’s time to bolt the door and start cleaning up the mess of years of immigration mismanagement – we shouldn’t have to wait for the next Tory government for a solution to this ever worsening and painfully obvious problem.

  • Ken said:

    These guys sound like real dirtbags. If you guys ever want someone to help you clean house and get rid of these people, I’ll come over there, if you’ll help me purge all of the people who can’t freakin “hable Englis” from the United States. Deal? We native english speakers need to stick together for the good of our language and culture.

  • Ken said:

    These guys sound like real dirtbags. If you guys ever want someone to help you clean house and get rid of these people, I’ll come over there, if you’ll help me purge all of the people who can’t freakin “hable Englis” from the United States. Deal? We native english speakers need to stick together for the good of our language and culture.

  • Ken said:

    These guys sound like real dirtbags. If you guys ever want someone to help you clean house and get rid of these people, I’ll come over there, if you’ll help me purge all of the people who can’t freakin “hable Englis” from the United States. Deal? We native english speakers need to stick together for the good of our language and culture.

  • Abbie said:

    basically that plan is saying is that to send everyone home!
    that means everyone should leave Great Britain because if people look further enough in their family history they arent fully English!
    So think before you speak you racist git!

  • Abbie said:

    basically that plan is saying is that to send everyone home!
    that means everyone should leave Great Britain because if people look further enough in their family history they arent fully English!
    So think before you speak you racist git!

  • Abbie said:

    basically that plan is saying is that to send everyone home!
    that means everyone should leave Great Britain because if people look further enough in their family history they arent fully English!
    So think before you speak you racist git!

  • anon said:

    how do britain expect asylum seekers to intergrate when the goverment doesn’nt even allow them basic human rights re access into education to combat language barriers ? or allow them to take up employment and give them the opportunity to pay tax ? most of the countries that these people have had to flee are actually the richest countries in the world thats why britain and us went to war for! if someone broke in your house,stole everything and damaged it so bad that it was beyond fixing you’d expect them to pay for it and rectify it wouldn’t you ? so britain owes it to those people who had to suffer as a result of them destroying these peoples homelands in the first place!

  • anon said:

    how do britain expect asylum seekers to intergrate when the goverment doesn’nt even allow them basic human rights re access into education to combat language barriers ? or allow them to take up employment and give them the opportunity to pay tax ? most of the countries that these people have had to flee are actually the richest countries in the world thats why britain and us went to war for! if someone broke in your house,stole everything and damaged it so bad that it was beyond fixing you’d expect them to pay for it and rectify it wouldn’t you ? so britain owes it to those people who had to suffer as a result of them destroying these peoples homelands in the first place!

  • anon said:

    how do britain expect asylum seekers to intergrate when the goverment doesn’nt even allow them basic human rights re access into education to combat language barriers ? or allow them to take up employment and give them the opportunity to pay tax ? most of the countries that these people have had to flee are actually the richest countries in the world thats why britain and us went to war for! if someone broke in your house,stole everything and damaged it so bad that it was beyond fixing you’d expect them to pay for it and rectify it wouldn’t you ? so britain owes it to those people who had to suffer as a result of them destroying these peoples homelands in the first place!

  • Greg said:

    This article is rubbish,the UK is a world wide known “soft touch” for asylum seekers, in its concept asylum seeking was for proffessional people or people in government positions that had spoken out against their countrys present regime and were in fear of their lives. The facts are France stock piles them ,we take them,some get in illegaly by people making a good living out of it, Our authorities cannot handle the influx and this year let 30,000 through the net because they could not be bothered processing them, they get many benefits, just do a google search on Asylum seekers allowance, 90% of them are spongers,will they be made to scrub grafiti off walls like UK residents on JSA ? i dont think so, there are already to many peolple on this island, STOP IMIGRATION NOW we are seting up an organisation called SIN =STOP IMIGRATION NOW, i will be back

  • Greg said:

    This article is rubbish,the UK is a world wide known “soft touch” for asylum seekers, in its concept asylum seeking was for proffessional people or people in government positions that had spoken out against their countrys present regime and were in fear of their lives. The facts are France stock piles them ,we take them,some get in illegaly by people making a good living out of it, Our authorities cannot handle the influx and this year let 30,000 through the net because they could not be bothered processing them, they get many benefits, just do a google search on Asylum seekers allowance, 90% of them are spongers,will they be made to scrub grafiti off walls like UK residents on JSA ? i dont think so, there are already to many peolple on this island, STOP IMIGRATION NOW we are seting up an organisation called SIN =STOP IMIGRATION NOW, i will be back

  • Greg said:

    This article is rubbish,the UK is a world wide known “soft touch” for asylum seekers, in its concept asylum seeking was for proffessional people or people in government positions that had spoken out against their countrys present regime and were in fear of their lives. The facts are France stock piles them ,we take them,some get in illegaly by people making a good living out of it, Our authorities cannot handle the influx and this year let 30,000 through the net because they could not be bothered processing them, they get many benefits, just do a google search on Asylum seekers allowance, 90% of them are spongers,will they be made to scrub grafiti off walls like UK residents on JSA ? i dont think so, there are already to many peolple on this island, STOP IMIGRATION NOW we are seting up an organisation called SIN =STOP IMIGRATION NOW, i will be back

  • Greg said:

    i might not even bother coming back we will just hack your site in stead

  • Greg said:

    i might not even bother coming back we will just hack your site in stead

  • Greg said:

    i might not even bother coming back we will just hack your site in stead

  • RM said:

    Wow. As an American whose family immigrated to America from one of those dreaded bastions of terrorism (which, to some people here, would seem to be any non-majority white country) and has seen the difference between how America more effectively integrates ASs than the rest of Europe, the comments I’m reading here fascinate, amuse, but primarily disgust me. Admittedly, after studying in the UK for three years I have seen that there are definitely some serious bureaucratic flaws in the system itself. But rather than address those evident flaws and strategize as to the best way to improve your country’s conditions it seems like most would rather demonize asylum seekers, whine, and incite racial hatred. Pathetic, and very productive.

  • RM said:

    Wow. As an American whose family immigrated to America from one of those dreaded bastions of terrorism (which, to some people here, would seem to be any non-majority white country) and has seen the difference between how America more effectively integrates ASs than the rest of Europe, the comments I’m reading here fascinate, amuse, but primarily disgust me. Admittedly, after studying in the UK for three years I have seen that there are definitely some serious bureaucratic flaws in the system itself. But rather than address those evident flaws and strategize as to the best way to improve your country’s conditions it seems like most would rather demonize asylum seekers, whine, and incite racial hatred. Pathetic, and very productive.

  • RM said:

    Wow. As an American whose family immigrated to America from one of those dreaded bastions of terrorism (which, to some people here, would seem to be any non-majority white country) and has seen the difference between how America more effectively integrates ASs than the rest of Europe, the comments I’m reading here fascinate, amuse, but primarily disgust me. Admittedly, after studying in the UK for three years I have seen that there are definitely some serious bureaucratic flaws in the system itself. But rather than address those evident flaws and strategize as to the best way to improve your country’s conditions it seems like most would rather demonize asylum seekers, whine, and incite racial hatred. Pathetic, and very productive.

  • RM said:

    Just realized that this article was written in 2001! Interesting that it’s been resurrected so many times…

  • RM said:

    Just realized that this article was written in 2001! Interesting that it’s been resurrected so many times…

  • RM said:

    Just realized that this article was written in 2001! Interesting that it’s been resurrected so many times…

  • jan said:

    i am an asylum in uk ,been an asylum seeker in the uk mean is slow and painful death. some time i wish that beck home they have exacuted me quick death sentenced .the guy seek asylum to be safe now want to do selfharm.

  • jan said:

    i am an asylum in uk ,been an asylum seeker in the uk mean is slow and painful death. some time i wish that beck home they have exacuted me quick death sentenced .the guy seek asylum to be safe now want to do selfharm.

  • jan said:

    i am an asylum in uk ,been an asylum seeker in the uk mean is slow and painful death. some time i wish that beck home they have exacuted me quick death sentenced .the guy seek asylum to be safe now want to do selfharm.

  • Bill said:

    Listen up JAN, you are an Asylum seeker here in the UK, you get Asylum seekers allowance + any other benefit you qualify for, ? probably working without paying income tax, or not working at all. like the Aussies say like it or lump it, you wont get in Australia,? your on a pain full death here in the UK ? no your on Benefits payed for by the Tax payers, many of whom will lose their jobs because of the on-coming reccession, so PISS OFF

  • Bill said:

    Listen up JAN, you are an Asylum seeker here in the UK, you get Asylum seekers allowance + any other benefit you qualify for, ? probably working without paying income tax, or not working at all. like the Aussies say like it or lump it, you wont get in Australia,? your on a pain full death here in the UK ? no your on Benefits payed for by the Tax payers, many of whom will lose their jobs because of the on-coming reccession, so PISS OFF

  • Bill said:

    Listen up JAN, you are an Asylum seeker here in the UK, you get Asylum seekers allowance + any other benefit you qualify for, ? probably working without paying income tax, or not working at all. like the Aussies say like it or lump it, you wont get in Australia,? your on a pain full death here in the UK ? no your on Benefits payed for by the Tax payers, many of whom will lose their jobs because of the on-coming reccession, so PISS OFF

  • jan said:

    hello Bill thank you for what u siad .but i dont get nothing from u or tax payers. i did not come take ur or tax payers mony ,i came cus my live was in denger,not cus of mony .but it hart me wen u insded of feeling sorry for me u hate me .i dont have a house and i dont get any tax payers mony and i am not allawd to work and i sleep in my friends living room and they are English.but they are not 3th class like u .so stop acusing asylum seekers .its u that take tax payers mony and blem asylum seeker.p off

  • jan said:

    hello Bill thank you for what u siad .but i dont get nothing from u or tax payers. i did not come take ur or tax payers mony ,i came cus my live was in denger,not cus of mony .but it hart me wen u insded of feeling sorry for me u hate me .i dont have a house and i dont get any tax payers mony and i am not allawd to work and i sleep in my friends living room and they are English.but they are not 3th class like u .so stop acusing asylum seekers .its u that take tax payers mony and blem asylum seeker.p off

  • jan said:

    hello Bill thank you for what u siad .but i dont get nothing from u or tax payers. i did not come take ur or tax payers mony ,i came cus my live was in denger,not cus of mony .but it hart me wen u insded of feeling sorry for me u hate me .i dont have a house and i dont get any tax payers mony and i am not allawd to work and i sleep in my friends living room and they are English.but they are not 3th class like u .so stop acusing asylum seekers .its u that take tax payers mony and blem asylum seeker.p off

  • Wiliam said:

    Benefits

    Asylum-seekers receive an allowance of roughly $176 a month (£30 a week), two thirds of which is in vouchers.

    They can apply for the right to work after six months, but if they find employment they lose their voucher benefits.

    Asylum seekers must prove they are destitute to qualify for state accommodation. They can be housed either in hostels, local authority housing or detention centres across the country.

    Asylum seekers have access to free health care. Expert psychological treatment for victims of torture is provided for asylum-seekers in London and south-east England.

  • Wiliam said:

    Benefits

    Asylum-seekers receive an allowance of roughly $176 a month (£30 a week), two thirds of which is in vouchers.

    They can apply for the right to work after six months, but if they find employment they lose their voucher benefits.

    Asylum seekers must prove they are destitute to qualify for state accommodation. They can be housed either in hostels, local authority housing or detention centres across the country.

    Asylum seekers have access to free health care. Expert psychological treatment for victims of torture is provided for asylum-seekers in London and south-east England.

  • Wiliam said:

    Benefits

    Asylum-seekers receive an allowance of roughly $176 a month (£30 a week), two thirds of which is in vouchers.

    They can apply for the right to work after six months, but if they find employment they lose their voucher benefits.

    Asylum seekers must prove they are destitute to qualify for state accommodation. They can be housed either in hostels, local authority housing or detention centres across the country.

    Asylum seekers have access to free health care. Expert psychological treatment for victims of torture is provided for asylum-seekers in London and south-east England.

  • jan said:

    from 2001 home office is saying afghanistan is safe to return .they refused afghan asylum casese and made them home less no work permit no support they leave on the streets .7 years on nothing changed stil war in afghanistan .them useless nato and american forcese havet done anything to finnish terorsm. and there is more peaple dieing in afghanistan everyday many by taliban ,and many by UN forcese friendly jet bombing.do them basterd are lisening to the news on TV evryday or not ?.if they are lisening to the news everyday how they claim afghanistan is safe to return.there is no human right in here.if there was a human right they will ask home office this question

  • jan said:

    from 2001 home office is saying afghanistan is safe to return .they refused afghan asylum casese and made them home less no work permit no support they leave on the streets .7 years on nothing changed stil war in afghanistan .them useless nato and american forcese havet done anything to finnish terorsm. and there is more peaple dieing in afghanistan everyday many by taliban ,and many by UN forcese friendly jet bombing.do them basterd are lisening to the news on TV evryday or not ?.if they are lisening to the news everyday how they claim afghanistan is safe to return.there is no human right in here.if there was a human right they will ask home office this question

  • jan said:

    from 2001 home office is saying afghanistan is safe to return .they refused afghan asylum casese and made them home less no work permit no support they leave on the streets .7 years on nothing changed stil war in afghanistan .them useless nato and american forcese havet done anything to finnish terorsm. and there is more peaple dieing in afghanistan everyday many by taliban ,and many by UN forcese friendly jet bombing.do them basterd are lisening to the news on TV evryday or not ?.if they are lisening to the news everyday how they claim afghanistan is safe to return.there is no human right in here.if there was a human right they will ask home office this question

  • jan said:

    LOL:>CAN ANY ONE ANSWER MY QUESTION?

  • jan said:

    LOL:>CAN ANY ONE ANSWER MY QUESTION?

  • jan said:

    LOL:>CAN ANY ONE ANSWER MY QUESTION?

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies. Stupid racist remarks about genuine suffering overseas caused by OUR

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies. Stupid racist remarks about genuine suffering overseas caused by OUR

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies. Stupid racist remarks about genuine suffering overseas caused by OUR

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies of hundreds of thousands of asyslum seekers flocking here to steal our jobs and our tax money.
    Asylum seekers do not have the right to work in the uk. They ARE restricted, fleeing to a country which promises to help.
    When they are here they want a new start a new chance, not to be bullied and discriminated.
    yes i do believe that there are bogus asylum claims but for everyone one there is 1000 genuine crys for help.
    I still don’t understand why people have to be so pig headed. i guess we really are a country full of yobs!
    I always thought we were a country that was merciful and understanding.
    I was in my car last week and i came up to some traffic lights and a woman wearing a hijab, was pushing her baby in a pram across the road.
    I heard grown men shouting racist abuse at this woman from their cars!!!!!
    It makes my blood boil. If we carry on hating this way no good will come of it. Your only causing more and more hatred.

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies of hundreds of thousands of asyslum seekers flocking here to steal our jobs and our tax money.
    Asylum seekers do not have the right to work in the uk. They ARE restricted, fleeing to a country which promises to help.
    When they are here they want a new start a new chance, not to be bullied and discriminated.
    yes i do believe that there are bogus asylum claims but for everyone one there is 1000 genuine crys for help.
    I still don’t understand why people have to be so pig headed. i guess we really are a country full of yobs!
    I always thought we were a country that was merciful and understanding.
    I was in my car last week and i came up to some traffic lights and a woman wearing a hijab, was pushing her baby in a pram across the road.
    I heard grown men shouting racist abuse at this woman from their cars!!!!!
    It makes my blood boil. If we carry on hating this way no good will come of it. Your only causing more and more hatred.

  • claire said:

    People please wake the hell up and stop believing these lies of hundreds of thousands of asyslum seekers flocking here to steal our jobs and our tax money.
    Asylum seekers do not have the right to work in the uk. They ARE restricted, fleeing to a country which promises to help.
    When they are here they want a new start a new chance, not to be bullied and discriminated.
    yes i do believe that there are bogus asylum claims but for everyone one there is 1000 genuine crys for help.
    I still don’t understand why people have to be so pig headed. i guess we really are a country full of yobs!
    I always thought we were a country that was merciful and understanding.
    I was in my car last week and i came up to some traffic lights and a woman wearing a hijab, was pushing her baby in a pram across the road.
    I heard grown men shouting racist abuse at this woman from their cars!!!!!
    It makes my blood boil. If we carry on hating this way no good will come of it. Your only causing more and more hatred.

  • claire said:

    I love how people say that they are taking away british culture.

    A culture riddled with teenage pregnacy and fish and chips.
    Considering the recent cod problems, i don’t think we should be to protective of letting our youth breed way before they have had their jabs. Face it true british culture died in the 60s stop being so mellodramtic

  • claire said:

    I love how people say that they are taking away british culture.

    A culture riddled with teenage pregnacy and fish and chips.
    Considering the recent cod problems, i don’t think we should be to protective of letting our youth breed way before they have had their jabs. Face it true british culture died in the 60s stop being so mellodramtic

  • claire said:

    I love how people say that they are taking away british culture.

    A culture riddled with teenage pregnacy and fish and chips.
    Considering the recent cod problems, i don’t think we should be to protective of letting our youth breed way before they have had their jabs. Face it true british culture died in the 60s stop being so mellodramtic

  • keith said:

    hi would just like to say, although slightly biased this is a great article. I do agree with your view as i belive the whole idea of asylum seekers being such a big issue is widley over emphasized without any real facts. someone made a point about asylum seekers costing the police loads of money beacause of criminal activity. id like to draw your attention to the fact that the only way your ever going to stop criminal activity in the country is to live under a “big brother” Authoritarian rule, and no i do not agree that is the way forward . We have criminals all over the place, asylum seekers or not, so to point this as a critisism is slightly weak. I somtimes laugh when i sit on the bus and over hear ignorant conversations between citizens in this country. “those bloody indians, send them back where they came from” is a popular one. Well hang on a second, why did england go there in te first place. Britain invaded all these countries, stripped them off there wealth(where do you think all these diamonds came from) and then profited from it. Then, after the war who do you think brought britain back to the top. The Migration of west indian tradesmen into England, pratically dragged this country out of the doom and gloom post war. This country was built on immigrants, whether they invaded and built roads such as the romans, or where brought in to build back the land, if we stood by and listened to arrogant people we would never be the forefront nation of the world today. Papers such as the sun and the daily mirror, pick up on small events, and with a few meaningless statistics here and there, create a propaganda technique, that at times is very racists. People who are willing to work and look at living in England as a chance for prosperity and happiness should be able to work in this country. You dont see propaganda techniques of such a level when were talkin about lazy people in britain who suck off the public system because they didnt get an education or are to lazy to work.

  • keith said:

    hi would just like to say, although slightly biased this is a great article. I do agree with your view as i belive the whole idea of asylum seekers being such a big issue is widley over emphasized without any real facts. someone made a point about asylum seekers costing the police loads of money beacause of criminal activity. id like to draw your attention to the fact that the only way your ever going to stop criminal activity in the country is to live under a “big brother” Authoritarian rule, and no i do not agree that is the way forward . We have criminals all over the place, asylum seekers or not, so to point this as a critisism is slightly weak. I somtimes laugh when i sit on the bus and over hear ignorant conversations between citizens in this country. “those bloody indians, send them back where they came from” is a popular one. Well hang on a second, why did england go there in te first place. Britain invaded all these countries, stripped them off there wealth(where do you think all these diamonds came from) and then profited from it. Then, after the war who do you think brought britain back to the top. The Migration of west indian tradesmen into England, pratically dragged this country out of the doom and gloom post war. This country was built on immigrants, whether they invaded and built roads such as the romans, or where brought in to build back the land, if we stood by and listened to arrogant people we would never be the forefront nation of the world today. Papers such as the sun and the daily mirror, pick up on small events, and with a few meaningless statistics here and there, create a propaganda technique, that at times is very racists. People who are willing to work and look at living in England as a chance for prosperity and happiness should be able to work in this country. You dont see propaganda techniques of such a level when were talkin about lazy people in britain who suck off the public system because they didnt get an education or are to lazy to work.

  • keith said:

    hi would just like to say, although slightly biased this is a great article. I do agree with your view as i belive the whole idea of asylum seekers being such a big issue is widley over emphasized without any real facts. someone made a point about asylum seekers costing the police loads of money beacause of criminal activity. id like to draw your attention to the fact that the only way your ever going to stop criminal activity in the country is to live under a “big brother” Authoritarian rule, and no i do not agree that is the way forward . We have criminals all over the place, asylum seekers or not, so to point this as a critisism is slightly weak. I somtimes laugh when i sit on the bus and over hear ignorant conversations between citizens in this country. “those bloody indians, send them back where they came from” is a popular one. Well hang on a second, why did england go there in te first place. Britain invaded all these countries, stripped them off there wealth(where do you think all these diamonds came from) and then profited from it. Then, after the war who do you think brought britain back to the top. The Migration of west indian tradesmen into England, pratically dragged this country out of the doom and gloom post war. This country was built on immigrants, whether they invaded and built roads such as the romans, or where brought in to build back the land, if we stood by and listened to arrogant people we would never be the forefront nation of the world today. Papers such as the sun and the daily mirror, pick up on small events, and with a few meaningless statistics here and there, create a propaganda technique, that at times is very racists. People who are willing to work and look at living in England as a chance for prosperity and happiness should be able to work in this country. You dont see propaganda techniques of such a level when were talkin about lazy people in britain who suck off the public system because they didnt get an education or are to lazy to work.

  • Izz said:

    If you think about it, the use of immigrants as a scapegoat is a really good way to keep the working classes from sorting out the real reasons for the class inequalities they face.
    And I love how when people say “British citizen” you can almost guarantee they mean white and racist.
    My old Chem teacher was a refugee from eastern Europe, and she spoke perfect English and obviously was clever enough to get a degree in Chemistry, which I doubt I could manage.
    To all those people who hate on asylum seekers, what happens if one day its you who needs someone else’s help?

  • Izz said:

    If you think about it, the use of immigrants as a scapegoat is a really good way to keep the working classes from sorting out the real reasons for the class inequalities they face.
    And I love how when people say “British citizen” you can almost guarantee they mean white and racist.
    My old Chem teacher was a refugee from eastern Europe, and she spoke perfect English and obviously was clever enough to get a degree in Chemistry, which I doubt I could manage.
    To all those people who hate on asylum seekers, what happens if one day its you who needs someone else’s help?

  • Izz said:

    If you think about it, the use of immigrants as a scapegoat is a really good way to keep the working classes from sorting out the real reasons for the class inequalities they face.
    And I love how when people say “British citizen” you can almost guarantee they mean white and racist.
    My old Chem teacher was a refugee from eastern Europe, and she spoke perfect English and obviously was clever enough to get a degree in Chemistry, which I doubt I could manage.
    To all those people who hate on asylum seekers, what happens if one day its you who needs someone else’s help?

  • jan said:

    thanks to claire ,keith and Izz. you people are very wise .and this will give me hope that one day we will live in peace and harmony.