In a world where globalisation is mentioned almost in every topical issue, we also hear that the globalised world after creating increased interconnectedness it helps those who sit in the world fringes without jobs to seek this abroad. We always hear the question is immigration a good thing or a bad thing.
With Britain’s presence in the EU under debate so too is the immigration debate in our country. Upon the first instance arrivals of Polish migrant workers was the headline in tabloids that the Poles are stealing our jobs. This was regular appearance in the papers, I believe the potential reason as to why this type of racial discrimination occurred is a support of Standing’s (2011) The Precariat. The Precariat offers the argument that there is a new emergence of a new socio- economic, which consists of those who are unemployed with an inability to fit into any other social class as a result of alienation, this group of people, the Precariat could be the potential as to why the individuals whom arrived in this country were scapegoated against as they would tend to live side by side with the ‘Precariat’, a group which aforementioned already feel marginalised.
However it seems that the negative connotations surrounding immigration isn’t just a ‘Precariat’ problem. The British Social Attitudes annual survey found in 2014 found that 77% of the population want to see a reduction in immigration into Britain and public views of the level of immigration are significantly more negative than in 2011. This ideology is potentially paving the way for such parties such as UKIP thriving and growing in popularity resulting in a growing number of defects from the Conservatives as well some Labour party members supporting them.
But why is it the British people do not like immigration as in June 2013 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development published a report in which was argued that migrants in the UK pay more tax than they use public services. Thus, without immigrants society would therefore have to make cuts to public services and would lead to higher taxes, wouldn’t that be the reason why Standing’s Precariat can remain to be unemployed? However the lack of education and awareness on the positive sides of immigration, I personally believe that migration is given a narrow minded approach to migration.
People in Britain believe that the migrants have no agenda to being in the UK and are constant advocators as a society as a whole that the freedom of movement laws should be tightened, however the general British consensus is that ‘the English Channel provides greater security from illegal migration’ (Clarke 2011) Marfleet (2006) contradicts the point above by acknowledging that human beings have a choice to migrate and act responsibly for their actions.
Our country as a society has given ourselves a big pat on the back for tackling such huge issues such as racial issues which is almost a non-existent issue in the modern day Britain; LGBT issues, but then when immigration is mentioned it is still a severely volatile subject, maybe the majority of British citizens don’t like migration, I however am British and I welcome migration, well at the end of the day it comes with the increased interconnectedness of the world, right?
Marfleet, P (2006) Refugees in a Global Era: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
Standing, G (2011) The Precariat: The new dangerous class. Bloomsbury Academic.
Clarke C (2011), The EU and migration: A call for action, Centre for European Reform