Port ferry workers in Calais have taken industrial action after it is thought that they were threatened with redundancy. The strikes have resulted in endless tailbacks of lorry’s waiting to cross the channel to enter the UK. Consequently, lorry drivers are being told to ensure that their vehicles are 100% secure in order to prevent migrants illegally (and dangerously) clambering on board and entering Britain.
A matter of days ago two men clung to an airplane travelling from South Africa to the UK. One man fell to his death whilst the second was found unconscious at Heathrow airport. This echoes the 2012 incident in which a young man plunged to his death after hiding in the undercarriage of a plane travelling from Angola to Heathrow.
The Mediterranean ‘migration crisis’ has claimed over 1,000 lives this year alone; that’s a third of how many lives were lost last year after migrants attempted to cross from Africa to Europe.
All of the above cases have a resounding similarity; people are so desperate to escape their home countries that they are willing to risk their lives in order to start afresh across the border. What strikes me as incredible is that despite the desperation of these migrants – despite the horrors they’re clearly trying to escape from – as a nation we are still not willing to share our country with them; and it seems every other country in Europe feels the same way.
Many migrants travelling from the Mediterranean are now stuck in limbo in Italy whilst the EU decides which countries to dish them out to, after Britain announced it did not wish to take any of the migrants in.
Britain is rife with racist, uneducated laymen who stick to the mantra that foreign people take English people’s jobs and add strain to public services such as the NHS. Yet these are the same people who do not care to examine how many UK nationals travel abroad for retirement to countries such as Spain (which has a massive problem with British people migrating year on year).
These are also the people who fail to look at the positives that immigration has had and continues to have on the UK, including that EU migrants have paid more in taxes than they have taken in benefits – meaning they have actually increased the funding to public services, such as the NHS, that so many people claim they have put such a heavy burden on.
Immigrants are also statistically better educated than UK nationals as in the year 2000, 64% of migrants held a degree as opposed to only 24% of Britons. This means they are better qualified and more suitable to do the jobs which so many people claim they have unlawfully taken.
So with this information at hand it begs the question as to why so many people are still intent on blaming immigrants for their issues when in actual fact they do more good than harm. This is why it baffles me as to why as a nation we are reluctant to help these people who have risked everything they have in order to try and start afresh. We should be welcoming these people with open arms considering they do wonders for the economy and are more likely to go into a respected job thanks to their better education.
Despite this, more needs to be done to try and improve their living conditions in their home countries. We should be putting more effort in to try and root out why they feel their home nation is so dangerous that they’re willing to die in order to get a second chance at life. It’s 2015, so how come people still feel unsafe at home? More needs to be done to combat this, and if nothing comes from it then more needs to be done to ensure that these migrants are welcomed warmly. People should not have to cling to planes and climb under lorries just to be shunned and blamed for every issue a country has. When we decompose we’re all the same skeleton underneath so I think it’s time people stopped assuming they’re better than others and that they’re more entitled to a country than someone else – we all live on the same planet and we’re all the same underneath.
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