Newstime Africa is calling on the British government to give amnesty to the thousands of illegal immigrants and Asylum seekers from Africa living in the UK. This is long overdue! This should be done as a token of appreciation for the contribution Africans have made to their country. Africans all around the UK play a pivotal role in the running of the British National Health Service (THE NHS). Most of the menial jobs are taken by illegal immigrants from Africa as the only means of survival in a country that has a vast number of its potential workforce on welfare benefits. The typical Briton would rather resort to claiming welfare handouts than settle for an ‘unfavourable’ job as a hospital porter or an office cleaner. African illegal immigrants along with those from other countries have helped raise British children as nannies to some of the wealthy aristocrats living in London’s West End.
Some of the country’s top restaurants are lined up with chef’s who are mostly Asylum seekers or ‘over-stayers’. The British economy is 40% reliant on the extra labour it receives from this group of economic migrants who help harvest their crops on farms around the agro-based industry in the country’s suburbs. Farm managers often risk fines and the wrath of the Government to resort to cheap labour that they benefit from, by hiring these illegal immigrants not only to avoid paying taxes but to ensure a healthy profit margin. Africa’s wealth was used to build their country. Our sweat is in their infrastructures. By helping Africans; their families back home will benefit immensely through the assistance they will receive from their loved one’s here who send hard currency they toil to earn to ensure their families can have a livelihood and this in turn will reduce the amount of assistance in the form of aid that these country will need to help sustain the lives of its people.
The current British immigration policies mostly favour European immigrants and consideration for Africa is somewhat non-existent. The government immigration policy caters for the interests of its voters who see Africans and other immigrants as putting an enormous strain on their country’s resources; but there have been arguments to the contrary. According to the BBC News, half a million illegal immigrants should be given the right to stay in Britain, a think tank has said. The Institute of Public Policy Research says such an amnesty would bring in £1bn in extra taxes, and save costs of £4.7bn needed to deport people. It is urging the Home Secretary to adopt the move, saying a large scale deportation would never happen. The Home Office said an amnesty was unnecessary and would create “a strong pull for waves of illegal migration”. It is not known how many illegal immigrants are in the UK, with estimates varying widely from 300,000 to 900,000.
The Home Office has estimated it would take more than 30 years to deport them all. Danny Sriskandandarajah, head of migration and equalities at the Institute of Public Policy Research, said: “The simple truth is that we are not going to deport hundreds of thousands of people from the UK.”Our economy would shrink and we would notice it straightaway in uncleaned offices, dirty streets and unstaffed pubs and clubs.”So we have a choice: make people live in the shadows, exploited and fearful for the future; or bring them into the mainstream, to pay taxes and live an honest life.” Boris Johnson, the London mayor, recently called for an “earned” amnesty for illegal migrants. The interim study by the London School of Economics, commissioned by the mayor, estimated that about 450,000 would qualify for an amnesty which would carry a five-year residency qualification.
The report found that “The vast majority of irregular migrants, especially those who are not asylum seekers are young, single men who use services very lightly”. The report will also look in detail at the costs involved in the provision of public services for those whose position could be regularised. Johnson said the report shows a failure in immigration policy with an estimated increase of 295,000 in irregular migrants in just six years: “It would take the authorities over 60 years to remove the current number of irregular migrants on current trends,” he said. It was perverse that illegal migrants could use public services but were prevented from paying the taxes that fund those services.
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