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Don’t shout at the telly: Immigration special


On the sofa, volunteers examine the new immigration points system in discussion with immigration lawyer and Director of Kent Law Clinic, Professor John Fitzpatrick. Discussants conclude that the new points system is crude, impractical and unjust for the millions searching for a better life. John argues, that to end this global apartheid, we must start with the unequivocal rejection of immigration laws and recognise that; in the words of Thomas Paine “we can make the world anew”.

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Mary said:

I agree that the UK points-based immigration system is unfair, degrading and exploitative of individuals who simply want to ‘live a better life.’ I hope that as the debate participants and Professor Fitzpatrick suggest, one day in the future this immigration system will be looked upon with as much derision, disgust and bewilderment as slavery. More countries should be proud if more people want to experience living/working there – immigrants should be seen as cultural and societal contributors and not just resource-sucking problems.

Berardo said:

Very clear well argued by all discussants the new points sytem for entry to the UK is clearly a really disgusting piece of legislation.

zett said:

The segment exposes the egoistical and condescending attitude the system of immigration, or maybe society itself, is based on.

I find it very interesting that values like equality are flaunted as being ‘good’ and something to strive for in society… while the opposite of those is implemented in the very foundation of the same society and still executed today.

Politics (e.g. the new immigration point system) show that in fact equality is not striven for on a big scale, that the opposite is the case.