Why do we hate migrants?
The latest attempts to reduce immigration by our coalition government raises some interesting questions. They are “committed” to reducing the number of immigrants, but with immigration, it’s not the numbers that are the issue (unless you just hate foreigners); it’s the country’s ability to cope with them.
The country (or more precisely, parts of the country) struggle to cope when migrants into those parts of the country create excessive demand on local resources (particularly housing, education, and social and health services) or create additional competition for jobs. Those migrants could be Non-EU migrants, EU migrants, or internal (Tebbit “on yor bike”) migrants.
Foreign students are not a significant drain on our resources – but they do (though their fees and local spending) contribute to the economy. To cut their numbers is to “cut off our nose to spite our face”. Any cuts in immigration should be focused – who excessively drains our resources, who takes jobs we would be prepared to do?
I suspect that the commitment to “reduce immigrants” is pandering to a rather nasty aspect of some of our fellow countrymen. They have not spelt it out but:
- They are cutting student immigration – predominantly from Africa, South Asia, and East Asia
- They are freeing employee exchanges for employees earning in excess of £40,000 – possibly predominantly from North America.
Is their policy being coloured by a desired to pander to the bigots?