Migration Essay

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Migration Migration is one of the most important issues facing international politics today and is becoming more prevalent an issue every year. In 1980 the estimated number of refugees was 8.2m, 1990 - 15m, 1992 - 20m (Castles and Miller, 1993, p 84). In our society there are a lot of preconceptions and prejudices about immigration and its effect: "they are stealing our jobs!" "They are all scroungers" and "we are to generous to them". It can be argued that these all arise from institutions such as the tabloid media and right wing political groups, but also from past Government policy which took…show more content…
One of the most common arguments against immigration is that it puts a strain on government expenditure. Some economists argue that "social capital expenditure on housing and social services for immigrants reduced the capital available for productive investment" (Castles and Miller, 1993, p 76). In Britain, the current media scare is "bogus asylum seekers" and how they are a huge drain on the social services. A quote from the BBC web page sums up the anti immigration feeling in this country: "We are too soft. I'm happy for the government allowing genuine asylum seekers into this country. However something has to be done about the scroungers who think they could make a better life here. There's nothing for them - our classrooms are over-crowded, our hospitals can barely cope and our social services are on the brink of collapse such is the demand for pensions and benefits. It's hard enough making a life for yourself when you live here by right. Simon Skelton, UK" (http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/talking_point). The British National party claim: "The procedure of investigation of 'refugee' claims, together with the job of

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