Should UK Give an Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants?
Almost 4 in 10 Europeans are worried about Immigration, according to the latest Eurobarometer results published yesterday, August 6. The survey has particular resonance in UK after Boris Johnson repeated his support for amnesty for illegal imigrants, acknowledging it could see “perhaps half a million people” gaining the right to remain in the UK.
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Question: Is UK intolerant with immigrants?
UK is more tolerant with immigration than many European countries according to the Eurobarometer. Almost 4 in 10 Europeans are worried about Immigration, according to the results published yesterday. In UK only 31% consider immigration more of a problem while 35% consider immigration more of an opportunity.
Question: How would an immigration amnesty be applied?
From Boris Johnson perspective, Illegal immigrants with a clean criminal record and a qualifying period of UK residence would be allowed to legally stay in UK (with all rights associated- employment, social benefits, education, etc.)
Question: What are the benefits of amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Integrating the immigrants so they could legally work and pay taxes.
Reducing illegal work and exploitation.
Making many immigrants happy (editors note).
Question: What are the negative effects of an amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Rewarding illegal behavior (Migration Watch)
Encouraging other immigrants to cross the channel (Migration Watch)
Creating a new path to immigration for the relatives of those amnestied.
Little bit of history
Boris Johnson has a long history of calling for an amnesty dating back to his time as London’s Mayor, when he commissioned a May 2009 report on the issue. He repeated his support in 2016 during BREXIT referendum and again in 2018 during political turmoil.
So, what do you think?
Do you Agree with an Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants?
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