Posts Tagged: UK

Migrants’ Rights Network: Migration statistics are difficult reading for Cameron but prove critics right

Awale Olad* The latest quarterly statistics from the independent Office of National Statistics found net migration soaring to 212,000 by the year ending September 2013. The Home Office’s response was that it was cracking down on the abuse of ‘freedom of movement’.  The figures show a statistically significant increase in Western European (EU15) citizens arriving

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Institute of Race Relations: The shameful ‘Go Home’ campaign

By John Grayson The rhetoric on migrants shows how politicians and the media have created, and embedded, racism in British politics. Read original blog entry here. Recent controversy over the Home Office ’Go Home’ campaign on ‘illegal’ immigrants highlights the way in which politicians try to outdo each other to win over the ‘racist’ electorate

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Victimizing and labeling immigrants for political profit

UK’s David Cameron is one European PM who is using immigration to bolster his Conservative Party’s poll ratings. It’s a recurring and worrisome political story across Europe: let’s get tough on immigration so we can gain a few percentage points in the polls. This type of campaigning is not only cowardly, but racist and disgraceful.

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Migrants’ Rights Network: Immigration raids under scrutiny following highly visible ‘Go Home’ campaign

MT comment: The “Go Home” van campaign to intimidate undocumented migrants is a example how low some governments will stoop to raise their standings in the polls. We all know that Tory Prime Minister David Cameron’s government feels threatened by the anti-immigration Ukip and why he must show a get-tough line on immigration. One of

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ENAR press statement: British soldier’s murder is unacceptable but should not result in a racist backlash

Comment: This statement by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says that all types of violence should be condemned. We strongly condemn the murder committed against a member of the British armed forces.  _______ Brussels, 23 May 2013 – The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) strongly condemns the hateful murder committed against a British member

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Migrants’ Rights Network: Viral migrant-bashing

Comment: This blog entry by Ruth Grove-White of the Migrants’ Rights Network, reminds me of the same arguments that anti-immigration groups use in Finland.   _________________ By Ruth Grove-White Chain emails spreading misinformation about migrants have been circulating far and wide – so what’s the secret of their long-life and how can we respond? I

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Migrants’ Rights Network: Attitudes to immigration, polarisation or convergence?

By Juan Camilo Research published last month shows that attitudes to immigration in Britain are more polarised than in other countries, with older, poorer, and less educated people tending to have much more negative views than younger, well educated, financially secure and ethnically mixed people. Will a generational shift bring about more positive attitudes to

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