- Every country needs people who WANT to work. Immigrants want to make a better life for themselves and for their children. The emphasis is on the word 'make'. This is in contrast to a massive UK benefit culture that's become the lifestyle of choice for so many claiming to deserve it solely because they were born here. Rights without responsibilities weaken societies.
- To leave your family, friends, language (usually), customs, familiar places and climate (usually better than cold damp UK) to forge a new life in an unknown place takes courage and determination - both qualities we should welcome into our society.
- The UK has always been a melting pot of nationalities. Until very recently we were by far the largest trading nation on the planet. Our nation is designed to mix peoples and cultures economically and culturally.
- By opening our doors to foreign cultures, our lives are enriched. Food, music, dance, art, theatre, sport and many other aspects of the way we entertain ourselves are more varied in the UK thanks to immigration, than anywhere else on Earth. We should celebrate this, not object to it.
- Cultural variety attracts tourists. There are 1,388 Italian restaurants in London alone. Rome,the capital of a country who worships food, has 11 Thai restaurants (London 360), and 6 Vietnamese (London 99). Britain is the place for the world's best eating experience.
- Foreign parents send their children here to study as temporary immigrants. The UK is the second most popular place (after the USA) for wealthy people to send their children for an education. Each one pays for many of own children to be educated by the state as well as creating a valuable group of educated anglophiles which will benefit trade and cultural relations with the UK when they return home.
- Because our education system is the envy of the world, we attract many of the world's leading experts in science and technology to enhance the potential of our research and development.
- Many businesses would not exist if immigrants didn't queue up for the dirty, sweaty, even dangerous work they offer, and which our own jobless shun. Should we prevent these businesses from operating here, or should we work with them to improve the lot of their employees and welcome the taxes they generate?
- Many non-UK cultures look after their older generations better than we do. We could learn a great deal from their senses of generational responsibility by them becoming our neighbours and shaming us into recognising how families really ought to function.
- Racists oppose immigration. By exposing repugnant behaviour based on ignorance to hard working, intelligent, caring neighbours who exhibit the widest possible variety of facial features and shades of skin, today's racists will eventually get used to the fact that we're all one species and who all equally deserve our respect and support.
And if you need more persuasion, read this in today's Telegraph. Here is an extract:
"The OECD has found that international migration is making a positive difference to Britain’s public finances. According to its number crunchers, the Government’s deficit is smaller that it would have been without the presence of immigrants in the UK.
The Treasury’s Office for Budget Responsibility regularly predicts that if immigration falls dramatically the public finances face a new £65 billion black hole because of lost tax revenues.
The Treasury itself puts 0.25 percentage points of annual GDP growth down to immigration. - that’s a bit more than £4 billion.
And a study last year by economists at University College London calculated that recent European immigrants pay £8.8 billion more in tax than they consume in public services.
Simply put: The recovery would not be going as well as it is without immigrants."
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