That will be a long list
And don’t forget Guardian readers!
Indeed, but their list of ‘good’ people is quite short, and made mostly of those who are rich.
What about the Romans?
Not really, ordinary Tory voters only matter for their vote. @billybutcher got it right.
Yeah, what did the Romans ever do for us?
Very true then we will open our borders to all and sundry.
Why should we process them to come to uK - nearly all are economic migrants who
Presumably would not make it so…. They will travel over by boat.
If they’re nearly all economic migrants why are 75% (or so), of those whose claims are processed, assessed to have a valid claim and are granted asylum?
Yes well we do in France, what’s so special about the UK?
No, this is not true - the Tory press would have you believe that the people coming across are “economic migrants”, but according to the Government’s own figures, over 70% are approved for asylum status or granted leave to remain for other reasons.
“More than 7 in 10 (71%) of the initial decisions in the year ending June 2023 were grants of refugee status, humanitarian protection or alternative forms of leave.”
The UK has very strict entry requirements - especially now that we are no longer part of the EU and therefore Freedom of Movement has been curtailed (in both directions I might add).
The UK is also in great need of immigrant labour - the idea that we are “being swamped with immigrants stealing our jobs” is a racist canard.
Well Anne, you are “all and sundry” to us
I suspect that asylum seekers, given the chance, would love to make a proper contribution to their host economy. Unlike holiday home owners from Dorset that horde resources, like houses, that they don’t then use for large parts of the year.
Not having a go at second home owners in general, merely the hypocrisy of expecting to freely cross borders, consume resources and then get on the high horse about desperate people risking their lives.
And what’s more… clause 16 of the Memorandum of Understanding states…
16 Resettlement of vulnerable Refugees
16.1 The Participants will make arrangements for the United Kingdom to resettle a portion of Rwanda’s most vulnerable refugees in the United Kingdom, recognising both Participants’ commitment towards providing better international protection for refugees.
That’s quite a statement to make. Care to provide your sources to back it up? Something more factual than Farage spouting nonsense on GBeebies.
Quite - As already pointed out something like 80% of applications are ultimately granted asylum so even the most hostile xenophobic government imaginable agrees that the majority have a valid claim.
But what of it @Annej2003 ? We need more workers anyway, at least the ones arriving by small boats are likely to be motivated to work hard & succeed.
Which BTW is bourne out by data - immigrants (on average) claim fewer benefits and contribute more to the economy than native born Brits.