Should UK Place Cap On Immigrants?

There is growing controversy over proposals to place a cap on the number of immigrants entering the UK which opponents describe as “divisive and wasteful.” A new group headed by Labor MP Frank Field and Conservative former minister, Niclas Soames, are calling for a huge reduction in the number of non-European Union immigrants who should be allowed to obtain permanent status in the United Kingdom. They claim official figures suggest that Britain will have to build seven new cities the size of Birmingham just to house the estimated seven million incomers by 2031 and will argue this immigration would place an intolerable burden on schools, transport, the health services and the environment. An EU Commission recently forecast that Great Britain’s population will rise from 61 million to 77 million within fifty years.

However, such arguments against immigrants ignore the contributions and value of newcomers to the health of a nation. Ironically, the same EU forecasts about a rising UK population also cite the declining populations of Germany, Italy, and Russia. Habib Rahman of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immgrants points out: “these arguments completely ignore the positive contribution migrants make to life in the UK. As well as much-needed skilled workers, many come and do unskilled jobs that need to be done, but for which employers are unable to find home-grown workers.” Many health professionals in England were not born in the country but came from abroad.

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  • Simon says

    “these arguments completely ignore the positive contribution migrants make to life in the UK. As well as much-needed skilled workers, many come and do unskilled jobs that need to be done, but for which employers are unable to find home-grown workers.”

    These arguments are fallacious.

    Mass unskilled immigration keeps wages low, ensuring ever more unemployed and angry natives.

    Employing migrant skilled workers is an excuse not to pay to train the natives and keeps wages down.

    Only the wealthy (and fascists) benefit from mass immigration.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    As the child of immigrants I consider your comment to be insulting. Examine the history of the Internet and you will discover how immigrants have contributed to its development– and, in the process, created jobs for those native born to nations.