Stop spouting uninformed nonsense about immigration and immigrants.
I posted about this before.
I am prompted to do so again by the horrific images currently all over the media.
A school of thought is emerging that we have an obligation towards refugees but that economic migrants are a major problem.
I don’t want to pontificate, so I will limit myself to a story or two.
I married the daughter of two immigrants. Economic migrants in fact. In post-war Sicily, there simply was no work.
My father-in-law packed a bag and worked in Germany, Switzerland and Glasgow before settling in London and becoming a postman. Hardly the Cosa Nostra is it?
Once he had saved enough money to buy a house, he brought his wife and three daughters over. His wife and ultimately daughters got work in the local hospital.
My wife came along in London as a little surprise. Testament to the poor quality of British television in the sixties perhaps.
Margaret got a university degree and has never been without work.
Britain has done well out of these particular economic migrants.
I even got a wife out of the deal, which I’m very pleased about.
This year, my wife’s cousin has made the move from Sicily. In post-crisis Sicily, there is simply no work.
My cousin-in-law packed his bag, come to London and become a bus driver. He is hoping to soon have enough money to bring his wife and child over.
The parallels are obvious.
On the phone the other day, my cousin asked my wife why no English people drove buses in London.
All of his colleagues are immigrants. All of them.
I daresay that some would say that all the bus driver jobs are taken by immigrants.
For this to be true, I would need to believe that the major bus companies are intentionally filtering out indigenous English people at interview stage.
I really can’t see why this would be.
We might speculate why immigrants are that much more successful in becoming bus drivers than the indigenous population.
We might wish to look at motivations of employers and applicants.
Anecdotally, an employer might tell you that an immigrant is more likely to be flexible, and to find a way to work.
There are good people of all colours, creeds and nationalities. There are bad ones too.
That a man (or woman) wants to build a good life for his family is to be admired, not feared.
We must stop demonising immigration and immigrants.