Unlike Canada, Britain is not a country based on large-scale immigration; the last decade of record intake is probably the biggest change in ethnic make-up since the Normans conquered England in 1066.
All of the parties have policies on immigration, the Conservatives want to reduce the total number back to the level of the 1990s, Labour wants to introduce controls based on the Australian points system and the Liberal Democrats are calling for both an amnesty program for illegal immigrants and a National Border Force to enforce the law. What is refreshing is that unlike Canada, Britain is having a debate about immigration, one central to their election campaign; here in Canada the only debate is how many more can we take.
Meanwhile — Racism! Racism!!
“I think this country is coming overpopulated, too many people coming in from everywhere, especially Europe,” Mr. Qurban said, as fellow worshipers [in the mosque] nodded in assent.
In particular, he said, thousands of Poles in Luton were taking jobs from the children and grandchildren of a previous generation of immigrants like himself, those who arrived from Pakistan in one of Britain’s early waves of migration in the 1960s.