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The More the Merrier

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The More the Merrier

This short documentary provides a timely case for unfettered freedom of movement for all across the globe. Too many people? Too many immigrants? For The More the Merrier the answer is a deafening No. Interwoven with compelling archive and evocative sea shanty songs, the film takes us to the East End’s St Katharine Docks on the Thames to set the scene. This was a landing and departure point for immigrants settling in the UK and emigrants heading off to the New World. Immigration and emigration represent striving for a better world, yet from the 1905 Aliens Act onwards, the UK began to shut its borders. This film suggests that although attitudes to immigration have become de-racialised, there has been more closure than ever before. Instead, today’s anti-immigrant sentiment is situated within a culture of limits. This film is available on DVD from the WORLDwrite shop.

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katrina desportes said:

I found this documentary to be an eye opener, it gave me further insight into how immigration has changed over the years. It has also highlighted how the growth of the population has rapidly increased and changed throughout the years. Over all I enjoyed the documentary it was very educational.

Pearl Hodgson West said:

This is a documentary is very informative and I have enjoyed watching it and I look forward to contributing in the future to World Bytes , considering we are all essentially immigrants in Britain we need to work hard at working together to create a globalised world to live in without discrimination and divide .

Germaine Patrick said:

A very good piece,put together nicely and very good insertion of file footage. I was educated and kept stimulated.The editing was smooth,but camera angles needed to be more framed in the interviews,they needed some looking room and they could have been more angles and more detailed shots,but overall good job guys.

Sean said:

I enjoyed the agenda of the program, thought it said a lot politically without politicizing migration in the usual way.

Amber Mun said:

This is a refreshing documentary which places immigration in a historical context showing the impact made by those coming to Britain from overseas over the years. It points out that freedom of movement was the norm before the Aliens Act of 1905. This intrinsically challenges the integrity of the current emphasis on “limits”, which through constant repetition from politicians and the media appears to have been absorbed into the popular psyche without significant argument. It points out that those of us with means are more or less free to move where we please whereas those in less economically developed countries are not, effectively creating a “global apartheid.” It highlights the potential for innovation and creativity arising from immigration, which is not best served by the points system. The film also makes the valuable point that only 3% of the world’s population actually lives outside their own country of birth, with the majority of migration being internal, raising the question of why the issue appears to be causing such hysteria in Europe today. I was particularly intrigued by the worrying argument that the de-racialisation of the debate has in fact led to even greater closure. Removing race from the equation also makes the case against immigration more palatable.

The film was very thought-provoking and I enjoyed the effective use of archive, songs and personal testimony. However, In order to strengthen the arguments, I would have appreciated more facts and figures regarding immigration trends in Britain over the last 20 years or so and whether there is any evidence to show that this is indeed having an impact on the economy as is so frequently argued. It would have been useful to have at least one person arguing from the other point of view and perhaps being directly challenged, thereby making the film’s message even more convincing.

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Jen said:

There is usually a very biased view on immigration so I found this very insightful especially from seing this from someone’s personal point of view. The speakers certainly made a strong argumen. This video certainly opened my eyes to the extent of the injustice and therefore I think people who are currently saying there are just too many could certainly benefit from watching his and maybe end up agreeing with the apt title.

David Gardiner said:

I think this one produces a ‘feel good’ factor in those such as myself who already agree with most of the argument – I’m not sure how effective it would be in changing the views of somebody who didn’t. It certainly takes a global view. The central argument is very close to the views expressed by Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers in the 17th century, that the world should be a ‘common treasury’ for all, and we should be free to move around and settle in any bit of it that we like. But despite the material about 19th and 20th century immigration into America and Britain, the historical position the piece adopts is a bit naive. Since Elizabethan times or a little before, Britain, Spain, Portugal and France have been conquering the world, exploiting its inhabitants and extracting the wealth from every other region. To a large extent Europe has decided where other people’s national borders will be drawn, and run the world to serve its own ends. Slavery is only an extreme instance of this policy. Now you are suggesting that we reverse this and give back a share of what we have taken to the present-day occupants of the lands we have sacked. You have justice on your side there, but it’s an idea that frightens many people – and these are the ones you need to convince, not the people who already agree with you. People are frightened of losing their privilege. There are only so many goodies, and if the developing world has more, that must mean that we have less. Maybe it doesn’t mean that at all, but that is the fear you have to address, the case you have to make. Altruism didn’t make Britain prosperous and the developing world poor, conquest and exploitation did that. You’ve got to explain and justify the new order that you’re advocating, where everybody has plenty and nobody loses out, in a way that your audience is going to find convincing.

There is a secondary argument buried in this, to the effect that population increase doesn’t matter, and we could all live happily throughout the world at a population density equivalent to the one presently found on the island of Manhattan. Again, I think this is a bit naive, and hands ammunition to your critics.

Although this is entertaining, and has its heart in the right place, I don’t think it argues its case very cogently. or has much potential to shift people from entrenched positions.

polly said:

thoughtful, intelligent, well made

Peju Ayemojuba said:

The Film seems to aim at different generations, the point of it seems to show past decades of Britain’s Immrigation surge and trying to show the radical changes of not only immrigant population but also industralization. I really liked the point Philippe Legrain (Author) was making about the need of Immrigation and i agree with it on economical and social reasons. This film can be used in historical and social context. However, I would have liked it even more if there were foreplay actions fomsome volunteers but overall, BRILLIANT.

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ed said:

A thought-provoking piece. The idea that we should all be free to have movement all over the world, wherever we want to go, sounds radical until you recognise how those of wealthy nations actually have that privilege already. We are inculcated with the idea that there ought to be some sort of check to establish who can come and who can’t but if there are only a small number of cross-country/continental migration, then we are being fed misinformation. However, on the flip side, it is clear that wealthy nations have more to offer than developing nation, so perhaps they have the lion’s share of immigrants that travel globally.

suzanne bull said:

This ia an excellent documentary, very insightful and well researched. It delivers equitable views on immigration that have almost remained unchallenged. The elitist regime that operates Britain has remained untouched for centuries and seems to be have only been experienced by immigrants and their forefathers.

It is unbearable to hear that a creative, employed young woman returned home to a society that she had less connection with becuase of immigration laws.

As a duaghter of a Jaimacan immigrant of the 1940’s, my fathers struggles are inherited in such a way to help create and emulate positive changes .

Leigh Matthews said:

I found this a stimulating and insightful piece and appreciate the collaboration of research, sound and editing effects that came together to create this highly informal clip. This issue is widely involved in society today but overlooked due to a lack of knowledge and assumptions descended from a history of ignorance and segregation!!

melis said:

this is an excellent documentary that reflects the informations on immigration issue. ıt also gives points for the global immigration. the immigration is rising as a form of experimentation in the world. I really excited with this video and want to be part of worldbytes.

Celinie said:

This very interesting documentary not only points out the issue of-lack of information- but also the issue of how people select their sources/ information. Most of the people only ready what they want to read in order to comfort their ideas, their opinions. I’ve been living many years in China and I’ve been shocked on how European people always categorize China as a devil. We need to to give more visibility to this kind of documentary and give the will to people to watch them!

Amirah Khan said:

A very insightful and thought-provoking documentary. The hard work of putting the collaboration of archival footage and contemporary interviews really opens your eyes and it’s great to have unbiased, factual documentaries like this. We need more of them and this is a fantastic place to start.

Andrew Maragh said:

An excellent documentary which raises real awareness on the issue of immigration. After watching this I feel that it is the lack of correct information towards the issues of immigration which has made the public resent more than try to help immigrants.

Andrew said:

This video was so informative and has certainly raised my awareness on the issue of immigration. I am a British citizen so this is quite an eye opening piece of film, but as a citizen I feel there is more that can be done to support immigrant’s search for a better life and a better future.

G. Dixon said:

I think the lack of correct information, being distributed to the public on the issues of immigartion, has contributed to resentment towards immigrants.
As stated in the film, immigration was necessary after the second world war, in oder to rebulit Britain. As a Caribbean immigrant, I felt that our people were used and simply kicked to the curb, when their services were no longer needed.
I personally felt as if freedom of movement is a ‘white priviledge’, a priviledge denied to others on the basis of race, and or colour…but just imagine, if the expansion of empire didn’t drain the resources of some of these countries where most immigrants come from?

Sammi said:

I found this so informative. It inspired me and also jolted me into awareness of my own ignorance to the truth of immigration. Th piece really reminded me of my own responsibility to be aware. I am passionate about truth – whatever that may be – and feel it is so important to tackle ‘scapegoating’ on social policy and recognise the part that human nature plays in fearing the unknown and change, and how this is used – by us all at times – to prevent the growth and actualisation of other individuals. Really enjoyed the production, it makes me very excited that i might be able to be part of something like this.

Philippa said:

This piece addresses the main issue – lack of information – forming the barriers and resistance to free immigration. Packaged in an engaging mix of folk music and evocative footage, this sort of film could play a real part in drawing people towards looking at the real figures and benefits behind immigration and parking their fear.

Rayhman Jefferies said:

This is a well-constructed piece bringing in snippets from the past and the present to show a side of the immigration debate that does not get aired enough. I applaud any well-thought out argument that propounds an open-door economic policy and supports the basic human right to freedom of movement, for such freedom is the base upon which creativity wells.

Louise said:

I think that this was a well thought piece.
For me this was a real eye opener to the realities of the immigration system that exists in Britain. It also identified that freedom of movement is not so free, but in fact determined by the wealth and status of country that you resigned in.
I think that as British citizens we can need to do more to support immigrants better social inclusion but also to aware of our own actions and how it may well contributed to negative response to immigration in Britain.
I am happy that immigration is being highlighted in this way but I also feel like there is a long way to go before real change will actually happen.

tsitsi said:

A great piece of video that achieves a great deal in such a short peice by excellent use of a variety of imagery that was imaginatively and appropriately used. What is particularly poignant is the fresh approach that it highlights about arguements against immigration. The documentary points out that objectors to immigration have realised that the racial tones previously used i.e. “outside of the EU” for example, are politically incorrect and have cloaked their arguments in concern for the planet. Not disimilar to the arguement about trade between developed and developing countries impacting negatively on the environment. I would imagine that this documentary would be a preview for a series of debates that allow all the players with the loudest voices to express their concerns and provide an opportunity for them to be uncloaked.

SMT said:

Great piece of work and great utilization of history to buttress contemporary issues. The mix of these with the contemporary real life experiences make a perfect blend for a good documentary. Quite thought provoking, leaves you with questions about certain immigration policies and its impact on lives and probably the economy.

Loved the choice and use of the music. gave it the right feel.

Catriona said:

Really nice piece, with a perfect balance between historical context, contemporary personal stories, and the clips from the Battle of Ideas debates. I particularly liked the way you used the archive, with narration and the speakers’ talks from Battle of Ideas over the top. The huge variety of images, stretching over time and continents made me reflect on immigration as a whole – a debate built up from millions of personal and individual stories, but drawn together by the overriding theme of the video and the idea that immigration should be allowed to happen without restrictions, as a basic human right. It is so refreshing to hear debate about immigration with this stance – so often even liberal-minded people seem to approach this very thought with a set of caveats. And leading on from that, I was really interested in the suggestion made by Bruno Waterfield that environmental movements are involved in arguments against immigration – I had not made this connection before. ‘Save the planet Kill yourself': brilliant.
ps – what a great achievement on the archives – I’ve done archive research before and it’s hard work, so congrats.

Kat said:

My great grandfather left Yemen for Brussels. From Brussles he came to the uk. My Father came from Ireland at 16. If it wasn’t for immigration I would not be here.
But living in London most of my life I’ve been hand fed the ‘No More, no room’ message. I’ve heard it many times and some of it sunk in. Though I’ve always made my own choices and never really believed it. My best friend is a Polish immigrant. And my partner is from South Africa. The film has helped awaken all that I knew and put it in a logical light. Very Thought Provoking and well made.

peebo said:

There are often more questions than answers, excellent documentary, informative and leaves the viewer questioning there own stance on immigration.

Martyna said:

What right do politicians have to deny people a better future? Especially considering the fact that somewhere along their family line it is almost certain they will find a case of immigration. This is an excellent documentary which I thoroughly enjoyed. Immigration is often discussed negatively so it is refreshing to see this documentary which shows the positive effects.

Daisy said:

I am originally from The Netherlands and am ashamed to see that my country, once considered as tolerant and multi-cultural, is now leading in anti-immigration. As this documentary shows, many of us, if not all of us, have been benefiting from immigration for decades. Unfortunately many discussions concerning immigration are based on emotions and myths. But did you know that Eastern European immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits? That means they are actually financially contributing to our economy. Furthermore, immigrants are providing us with new skills, innovative ideas and are sharing their knowledge. And more closely related, they have enriched our language, coloured our fashion and widened our culinary taste. Who can do without a weekly Indian take-away, right?
What makes this documentary strong is the balance between facts and emotions. It touches the historical context as well as the personal layer. The audience can relate to the story, which increases the change of keeping the attention.
Though I enjoyed this documentary from beginning to end, I do feel it was only explained from one point of view. I believe their could have been more discussion by asking controversial questions or having an anti-immigration speaker explaining why the borders should be closed.

Maggie said:

Clear documentary .Leaves you with the right feelings and the right questions about how hard it is to be an emigrant .

Samuel Sosina said:

This is a very well prepared documentary, with very balanced views. This is a great food for thought, the sort of issue that leaves you asking yourself questions.

Miglena said:

An excellent documentary ,clear introduction to the issue of immigration.You can feel straith away what is the feeling when you have to sacrifice and take a risk to be an immigrant.

Simba said:

An excellent documentary that leaves no stone unturned. But even though they touch on sensitive issues excellently, I think there are deeper immigration issues that are not considered and some of the statements maybe seen as just trying to patronise immigrants. The truth of the matter is that immigration in the 21st century goes deeper than this. All the same well done for even talking about this sacred topic.

Simin Cox said:

The documentary reflects politicians and immigrants opinions about immigration and migration. IImmigrants can be seen asking for less restrictions with regards to freedom of movement during migration and immigration. Though some politicians intend to make immigration more difficult for foreigners, their aim is to prevent the country becoming overcrowded. Both the narrator of the documentary and myself think that foreigners have always brought their skills and hard work to the country of residence. It was refreshing to see that most immigrants experience of living and working in the UK was very positive and upbeat. London is an example of diversity in British cultrue. There is no doubt that after the second war world when many migrants came to this country, our society has benefited substantially due to the influx of a diverse mix of new blood. London is clearly no longer in the dark ages and has become one of the most multicultural and tolerant cities in the world. Today it is difficult to imagine London without the influence of foreign cuisine, cultures, businesses and people.The importance of migrants
with regards to rebuilding and shaping infrastructure and society
should not be underestimated.

Tunde Ajala said:

I found the documentary interesting because it shows how immigration was a major issue. I found this intriguing because it shows of uk shut borders and how immigration is now de-racialised. i do believe that in the new world diaspora communities and English communities have blurred the idea of racial discrimination.

Alex Smith said:

The documentary is a clear and interesting introduction to the concept of immigration. The historical context allows the viewer to disengage with current discourse on immigration, which often focusses on issues of employment and dissolution of a British identity, in order to appreciate it on a fundamental level allowing freedom of movement. I enjoyed hearing speakers question the alleged ‘realities’ of the limits of immigration but felt that the video could have developed certain issues further. Perhaps to complete the chronological perspective, the documentary could have an imagined future that engages concerns of immigration as a challenge for the developed world, that is unavoidable if people are too be free.

Kassandra Gordon said:

This is a great documentary. I am glad that I have seen a documentary that shows ‘the other side of the coin’. It makes me think how much freedom I have by having a British passport. Additionally, it makes me think of the people who struggle to make a better life for themesleves, the risks and sacrifices they take to live in this country or gain a Britsih passort.

Kuux said:

This is a well documented piece.
When it come to the issue of immigration, it started from the very existence of mankind. As we evolved, we moved freely all over the globe looking for a better place to settle. The continents shifted and we stayed in different parts of this beautiful world. As others were still ambitious and free to go further to discover more of the then believed ‘flat planet’ they were amazed of the different races, cultures and resources. Some took advantage to make profit, therefore resulting in slavery and broad-day-light robbery of resources and human rights. People were captured and shipped abroad to work and build other nations. After they served their purpose some were abandoned on islands or thrown overboard when at deep sea. The ‘some-how-lucky’ ones that stayed were forced to live a life of submissiveness and suffered brutality behind curtains. They were classed 3 levels below ‘human beings’ therefore didn’t deserve fair treatment as the ‘1st ,2nd class’.After years of revolutions and holocausts, laws had to be put in place to protect and respect human rights. These laws gave birth to equalities and also immigration controls. Now, why would the same people who captured, enslaved and robbed restrict others from entering the countries their forefathers help build? Why is it that it is required for someone to have a certain amount of money sitting in their account before they can have their families come live with them? Why is it easy for some to travel free around the world more than others? How are people from outside the country forced to pay insane amount of money for education on restricted 20 hours of work? Where is the equality and rights in that? People determined to move out of their home lands to seek a better life are not out to destroy but rather improve and develop themselves therefore becoming beneficial to their society.

Kelly said:

Very interesting content, and quite balanced and positive for once. Usually when people think of immigrants or you ask people their opinion on migrants they tend to have a negative perception, without realising the impact of their in-put. Through out history it shows us that without these very people the majority of the western world particuarly America and Britain would not be the ‘great,’ nations that they are today.

Charlie Killick said:

Spoke to you on the phone. Couldn’t access the sound of the videos.

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daniel boateng said:

i am absolutely gobsmacked at the content, its so carefully written and well researched, perfect content and very professional

Eleanor Harrington said:

I enjoyed the historical perspective of the piece starting in a place as rich in emigration history as Saint Katherine’s Docks, whose sailors and rope makers of the Industrial Revolution are today’s low paid wage earners of the 21st century. I find it interesting how many ideas that racism and prejudice are based on are through ignorance and lack of education. Coming from the rural lake district it is only through myself living in the East End and completing a three year history degree I feel I have an intimate enough knowledge of my area and the issues at hand which make different members of society feel threatened. Good effort to present the topic of emigration in a contextualised manner yet still pointing out obvious injustices in our society. Had not questioned the point system previously, though certainly have now due to the comments made in the documentary.

Charles Coombs said:

Very useful presentation of immigration issue without polemics. Visuals and commentrary served the purpose of the piece wonderfully. The historical and contemporary benefits of open immigration well presented.

Mary said:

This documentary brings up the interesting question of whether or not immigration regulations actually work to stifle innovation/creativity, and, in turn, any economic benefits/growth and/or positive political change a country might gain from its immigrants and their talents (for example, the founder of Google and Barack Obama’s father). How can it be perceived a threat to a country if someone moves there to create a better life for him/herself and their family? Do any resources they might consume negate any contribution their work and ideas would bring? Also, why do we only assume that people with certain types of qualifications are eligible to work/live in a country? Who decides this, and what makes them qualified to pass this type of judgment on immigrants and what is ‘beneficial’ for the country of migration? All of our ancestors were immigrants at some point. Where would each of us be today if our ancestors had not be allowed to move around the world freely?

benedicte said:

we are all immigrants somehow, many flee their country to improve their lives or just want a different way of living, regardless of a reason a person wants to migrate, people should be able to move across the globe freely. The UK doesn’t have the highest record of immigrants in Europe, therefore immigration should not be a problem. in most cases immigrants contributes immensely in raising the Britain’s economy.

Mohammad said:

The issues raised in this documentary captures the inhumanity of the immigration system. Most people have an irrational and instinctive negative and kneejerk reaction to ‘the alien other’ who lives a life at the expense of others. I think the discourse on immigration is increasingly becoming consensual, the mainstream left in this country is as unequovocal about ‘limits to immigration’ as the traditional right. However, this documentary does not address the various forms of immigration: the issue of asylum and refugees is a separate one, often conflated with other forms of migration – in the case of former, those fleeing have often no choice and are undertaking a journey to the unknown and find themselves in a country. Demonising immigrants will be detrimental to the whole society it will not make them productive, responsible members of society, instead they are just ‘parasitic life forms’.

Aisha said:

Every time I come across this Immigrations issue, i always find it hard to “hold my tongue”. It’s infuriating that the Government can decide to exclude the very people that built the infrastructures this country stands on today, from coming to make a living, contribute to taxes and retiring in this country. It’s a simple case of biting the hand that feeds you. Although we may describe ourself as “developed” we have most probably only got this far due to those very people that the coalition want to keep out. The railrways, buses, midwifiery, nurses, bridges, the list continues…. Where exactly do they think their favorite meals like, tikka masla and all the great cuisines of the world, come from????? not from here! It all too easy to forget the merit, achievements and prosperity that immigrants bring to any country they settle in.

Secondly, have we learnt nothing from history, this fear of DIFFERENCE, this ideology that because they are different they are bad or criminals or will infiltrate what is quintessentially “british”.Hasn’t history already proven this wrong with evidence like NAZI REGIMS, SLAVERY and THE DEVASTATING ATROCITY OF THE RWANDAN CIVIL WAR.

Im sure it sounds like i hate everything Britain stands for, but i dont, i love this country and thats why i am here, but i love it for the same reasons the coalition dislike the collage of it. Difference is GOOD, freedom of movement is a RIGHT, and multi-cultures are a MUST!

Rosario said:

Do people really want to move? Do people really want to leave their family behind, their children their country and roots? It’s good if people travel because they want to experience and explore other culture but if they are moving in search of a better life, then there’s something wrong where they are coming from. And that’s what should really be tackled by rich nations collectively. Because at the moment, mass migration is only one way – people from poor countries going to rich countries. At the moment there is an economic divide and if this can be addressed, migration will be more balanced, more fair and welcoming as people migrating will be seen as assets bringing different culture and ideas rather than a burden or a threat to a receiving country.

Nuura said:

The only problem is that due to the recession there are over 2 mn people who are unemployed, the “foreigners” are more willing to settle for jobs that aren’t paid that wel. As a result we ar eresenting them, funny because just a couple of years ago we asked those immigrants to fill the economy gap because the’re was a great ask for docters, builders etc, But now we are saying that they are getting the jobs that should go to ” the real British people”. We have the right to move where we want to move. So if the immigrants are willing to get a job and contribute to their new society leave them to it. I know for a 100% that if there was no recession, we would still ask those immigrants to come and get those job that we “Brits” don’t want to have. We have the right to move if that means because we going for economical reasons, to find shelter against a war or just to exeperience another’s culture and after to want to stay, we should congratulate it, not punish it.

Cardell said:

Sereotypes play a big part of why non EU citizens find it hard to move into the U.K, especially todays terrorism fear which seems to always be from one particular group of people whereas if you lok at the whole population, its only a small group yet everyone blames the whole community. I personally think thats wrong but we lead to be paronoid, which is why racism still exists, even though it mat not be overt, it still there.

xtina said:

OK. So its accepted for a British person to retire and migrate to somewhere like Florida, yet its illegal for a non EU citizen to retire and live here in the UK?… Why is that? I agree with bolitrioko, “We are all citizens of this world”

bolitrioko said:

I really reckon this world is for everyone to enjoy. Whatever the reason is why people are moving to different countries it’s up to them… I come from Spain and I moved to live to London 7 years ago. After that, I have had the chance to move to many different places all over the world where I’ve seen and met with so many interesting, generous and nice people.

We are all citizens of this world. Everyone deserves to live it in the way or in the place they want to do it while respecting each other.

stonemonkey12 said:

This sad state of affairs has made me realise that the ‘one world order’ is certainly not a world of equity. It is creating in effect a two world order. To imagine that the one world order has any intention to create one world where poverty is made history is pure fantasy. The proof is in black and white in the immigration laws. They are the true interface of poverty in the world.

This film made this issue much clearer in my mind. It is important for people to see it given the great deal of media attention currently on this issue.

SuzieSou said:

The right wing politicians across Europe respond to government policies increasing quotas with threats about how this will effect their national economies. The governments inevitably insist only on keeping the flow of skilled professionals coming into the country for top jobs and allow a certain acceptable level to enter illegally.

But these lucky people are only the minority of those who wish to come. It is clear that immigration policy in ‘first world’ countries are designed only to preserve the wealth that has been accumulated on the backs of slaves for centuries.

Steve77 said:

Immigration…. hmmmm… I am from Northern Ireland, which is politically part of Great Britain and has been ruled by England for centuries. I came to London for work. I am not sure if that makes me an immigrant but there have been times when it certainly seemed that i was. My wife is English and she certainly felt like an immigrant working in Northern Ireland!This begs the question, ‘How does it feel to be an immigrant’?I think this film helped me to connect with that.

I guess you feel lucky to start because you have opportunity that many other people do not have. The difference between us and the people coming in from non-eu countries is that they can legally be sent back. To live with that hanging over your head must be stressful. The picture of how this feels is captured in a clip i saw of a Chinese man who had just been taken out of the back of a lorry by police, lurching toward the cab of the lorry and quickly scaling the cab and punching the driver full smack in the face. He was desperate.

andrew2524 said:

Why do people fear immigration (and migration generally)? For most of human history people have moved around the world in search of something new or better and in the process made great countries like America for example.