Redressing the balance
By Sabina Frediani
The debate surrounding immigration in the UK has long been a toxic one, and it's not surprising given the number and frequency of negative headlines in the British media:
"BRITAIN MUST BAN MIGRANTS" (Daily Express)
"DRAW A RED LINE ON IMMIGRATION OR ELSE" (The Sun)
"SOLD OUT! FLIGHTS AND BUSES FULL AS ROMANIANS HEAD FOR THE UK" (Daily Mail)
Nor should we be shocked that attitudes to immigration have become so polluted when the Government adopts headline-grabbing gimmicks like driving anti-immigrant “go home” vans around London or sending text messages telling people to leave the country.
Then of course there is the Immigration Act, farming sensitive immigration checks out to private landlords and others with no training or experience.
No-one opposes fair immigration rules, proportionately enforced. But that doesn’t require scaremongering headlines or polarising publicity stunts which fuel fear and intimidate vulnerable communities, poisoning delicate race relations.
Have your say: Help us redress the balance. We want to tell the other side of the story, and we want you to help – by sharing your views on immigration with us via video.
Has immigration had a positive impact on you personally or on your community? Do you have views on how immigration has made Britain a better place? Perhaps you’ve come to Britain to live yourself, and you’d like to tell us your story?
Simply record your thoughts (your video only needs to be a few seconds long, and on your phone is fine!) and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your video’s too large for email, just send it to the same address via wetransfer.com.
We’re going to collect and compile your responses to help with our campaigning on immigration, so please don’t be shy – send us your videos today.
If you need a little inspiration, here’s our very own Policy Officer Rachel Robinson…