“Think with your tummy” Paddington Bear would say, migration is not a crime

There aren’t many stories of positive immigration to the UK. Will someone show them off please.

Somehow the popular talk is mediated by the Daily hate Mail, silly statistics based on less than 1% of the population and news channels which all talk of the EDL, benefit issues and “them”… “coming over here and stealing our jobs”. We see immigrants daily but are rarely reminded of the positive change immigration has always played on the UK.

As a country it might be said those channels their thoughts on a shared heritage with selective roots and our glamourised historical power over the world… which now apparently doesn’t involve actual people from other countries. Yes Britain, we did it all ourselves, the white classes, and don’t forget, that good deeds and change is bad!

There are few stories of how only 5% of working age immigrants claim benefits compared to 13% of Britons.

Immigrants are less likely to claim benefits than British citizens.

http://kenanmalik.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/the-framing-of-immigration/

There are few positive stories in the public mindset of the hard working immigrated Sryian families seeking asylum in Britain. How their children are progressing well in school and learning English as a second language.

A+ Excellent
A+ Excellent

There are few thoughts relating to our awesome culture and food. British Indian and British Chinese food didn’t “just happen”. Change is good and can benefit us all… and our tummies.

British Indian and British Chinese food didn’t “just happen”

I’m not saying look at immigration with rose tinted glasses but so far we’re mostly deciding to look through Daily Hate Mail glasses. So before we rush into decisions for the 2015 election, a kickstarter project or two would help show with stories and facts how immigration is a unfairly negatively marked identity and begin to equal the balance and conversation. We wouldn’t want to make any “short term-ist” bad decisions would we, that would make us the same as that silly politician we all despise wouldn’t it?

Maybe remind yourself of the above positive elements, choose to look forward to some more great food and let’s not to forget, “Migration is not a crime” the changes have been a pretty tasty good-deed so far.

Think with your tummy […] Migration is not a crime

MIgration is not a crime
Migration is not a crime

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Author: Dan Course

Dan Course, E-Learning Development at Warwick University (WMG). Agile Scrum trained and full-stack development. Interested in E-learning, Democracy, Politics and Tech. All thoughts are mine and not of my employer.

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