When the reported pointed out the irony that they too were now immigrants to another land, it was claimed "oh but we have money we contribute to the society here and pay for our own stuff, those people don't".
This is where I started to get angry. My parents are both immigrants and I've lived in London my whole life, my husband moved here from Ireland when he was a child. So both of us in way don't "belong" here but London is so multicultural its never mattered to me. In fact I love it here, nowhere else could ever be home. In fact I love this crazy Island for all its little quirks. Yes, I have been subject to racisim but hasn't everyone at some point? So it really upsets me to think about people leaving this country becasue they don't want to live near people like me.
Now my parents have worked from the day they got here, as have my husbands and the thousand of other immigrants who have come to this country and many others. I personally think the claim "but we have money thus we are better" is total crap. I don't personally know a single person in my Asian community who is unemployed (and that’s a few hundred people). So how exactly are we the immigrants or the children of immigrants not contributing to society?
Last time I checked there were just as many white people claiming benefits and being a drain on the state as there are non-white. The right wing media would have you believe that Britain is far too full and can't possible take any more people. It's just not true, it’s a scare mongering myth. You see article quoting X numbers of immigrants were let in to Britain this year but they never say X number of people left Britain to immigrate to other countries. I bet those same Londoners who moved to Cyprus would have a problem with the Cypriots moving to Britain.
Lets take America as a model, here is a country that’s only approximately 500 years old, still rather new. Everyone there bar the Native Americans had to immigrated there over the past few centuries and look what happened. A nation of immigrants where the economy is thriving. America has become the world's super power.
Even if we look at Britain*, does anyone know what "British" is? This is an island that’s been invaded so many times over the past 2000 years or more that it is impossible to know for sure how many different bloodlines each "British" person has. It seems its ok for Britain to sail around the world stealing resources from Africa, Asia, and America and so on declaring Empire as they went. But it's not ok for those same people to live in Britain, earn a living and raise a family.Its ignorant people and attitudes like this that stops peace being a reality. If we spend all our timing fighting over the things that make us different we'll never be able to move forward.
*Note that in the Report all of the people who were complaining and leaving were in fact English, isn't that telling?