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Let everyone in

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4-Let everyone in

Curry may be the national dish but the government are stopping the chefs who make the best from coming to the UK. The draconian points based system is now turning thousands away and making many ineligible to stay. The UK Borders Police are using their increasing powers to raid and round up more people – including chefs, their families and ‘ethnic’ diners in restaurants. On the streets of East London, the public and restaurant managers are disgusted and WORLDwrite demands we let everyone in.

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kjahern said:

Some of this hypocrisy is just amazing. If the UK Border Agency had to deal with French, Dutch or Australian immigrants they wouldn’t say a world, but if they’re Ghanaian, Chinese or Bangladeshi they’re automatically suspects. With rare exceptions all the immigrants who come to the UK do it to improve their lot in life, they work, they teach, they pay taxes, not to mention they do things like make a good curry. Can’t they get a little slack?

TatjanaA said:

For many years illegal and non- immigrants were bringing the profit to this country. Most of the illegal immigrants will never claim tax back, what gives this government additional money, the new immigration laws coming in 2011 make me just sick. It looks like the government is more interesting in bringing crime people and etc., than bright and intelligent.

And as one of the guys said, they always knew about these people, why suddenly decide, that you don’t want them anymore.

Milanzi said:

For UK politicians immigration is one of the easiest policy area to legislate. In the past six years alone the government has amended its immigration laws no less than six times. The visa conditions imposed on them together with UK society’s indifference have served to make immigrants a largely faceless community. Easy fodder for weak politicians seeking to appease the anti immigration right wing media. However, this is now beginning to cause problems in the many industries seeking highly skilled but unqualified workers, the restaurant industry being just one of them. I believe the UK society needs an open ‘grown up’ debate on inward immigration.

Rashpal said:

It would be wrong to cut back on the people coming to Britain. Britain would not be Britain without them. Who would say Britain is not cosmopolitian?

nyika said:

I’m struck by the inconsistent way by which the government chooses to apply criteria in order to ‘strengthen its borders’, which to my mind seems as much based on melanin as the stated aim of ‘economic productivity’. Why are certain sectors (in this case the restaurant industry) deemed less viable components of productivity than others, save for the fact that they serve as easily-identifiable targets for immigration control? I too was dismayed by Jack Straw’s recent Question Time appearance: the outcry surrounding Nick Griffin’s participation seemed to overlook the possibility that censoring him based on his views on race also legitimises the anti-racist credentials of the likes of Straw, whose views are perhaps somewhat more insidious.

cb2009 said:

Having gone through the point based system myself, and even though I was granted the high skilled Visa, I still believe the immigration system is fundamentally flawed. People want the opportunity to make a positive impact in society and contribute to the community they live in….saying that being of a certain age, background, level of education or a salary band should not be qualifiers of what an individual can bring to the table. It is the cultural diversity that makes the UK and London a great place to live and equally and fantastic place to visit as a tourist. I find that citizens with British nationality are given great opportunities to lead careers and do what they are good at without any prejudice, why should a great chef from outside the EU need a Masters degree to be here?

zett said:

“Hey, you. What are you good for? Well, of course that’s the most important question. We are a striving nation. We want to profit from people. We don’t let people in we cannot benefit from. So… how about your background? Do you have a master’s degree? What, you have work experience? You know how to do your job. Well, that’s good. But you see, we don’t really care about skill. We care about qualifications. After all, we want clever people. And people with money. Say, do you have 800 pounds in a bank account already? No? Well, go save it up, and come back then. Oh, that’s impossible in your situation? But you can contribute, really, because you make the best food? You have the dream and the will to do well? To get a new life? Great! We appreciate your enthusiasm. It’s just that… and…. besides… “
That’s the kind of attitude the government has. That’s what’s ruining the restaurants’ businesses, the chefs’ chosen lives, and our delicious dinners. Is that any good? I don’t think so.

Keli said:

This is yet another example of how our government are numbering us and treating our peers as if they are somehow a race apart. This was commonly known as racism in the past. Watching Jack Straw on Question Time the other night was so depressing, he waxed lyrical about how every mainstream party are not guided by race and then proceeded to explain how well this government’s immigration controls were doing in keeping people out! Open up the borders – you never know, there may be someone out there who could give our tired old politicians a run for their money.

Sil said:

Good to know there are principled arguments out there on the issue of immigration. How hard is it to see immigrants as people? And yeh, “who IS going to cook your curry?” One guy I spoke to about this told me the British Asian children of Asian parents should take it on. I’m one of those children and have no interest in cooking, thank you very much. If someone else does, and they happen to come from another country, that doesn’t bother me. It’s win-win as I see it: I get my curry and they get a better life!

Tunde said:

The question the anti-immigrant mob can’t answer, “Who’s going to cook your curry?” The points system is a travesty and is having a disastrous effect. Freedom of movement is really important, and not only for chefs.

njhagan said:

It’s easy to forget that there’s a whole web of stories behind the everyday experiences we take for granted, such as going out for a meal. Whether we realise it or not, the government’s policy on immigration is relevant to all our lives. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the voiceover in this film!