Blogs by Don Flynn
Switzerland’s population of 8 million includes just over 1.7 million foreign nationals, giving it one of the largest immigrant portions – 22% of the total – in the advanced industrial world. A small nation which has prospered though its mixture of high labour specialisation in industry and services, it has the reputation of being one of the most stable economies in the world. Unemployment is low, at just under 3% measured in 2012, and the standard of living is high for the 92% who live above the official poverty line.
The last blog finished by asking what supporters of the rights of migrants should be calling for today.
It was MRN’s birthday on 11 December 2013. The steering group which launched the MRN – with the aim of bringing together groups across the UK to advocate the rights of migrants - registered their infant idea with Companies House on that day in 2006. So, having reached the lusty, bawling age of seven, now is the time to say a little more about what we mean by “migrants' rights”.
Just two weeks into the New Year and it is already clear that the public conversation about immigration policy is picking up exactly where it left off before the holidays.
There seems to be an agreement that the Bulgarian and Romanian people who, we were assured by the tabloids, would be sweeping into the UK like a veritable tsunami have been a bit of a disappointment to date. Those who arrived on the famous flights into Luton airport were the ones who had been living and working in the UK for some years and who had merely nipped back home for a week or so over the Christmas break. Never mind – there are still over 340 days left in the year for them to come into the country in their tens of thousands, so may be the scaremongers will get the raw numbers they claim.
Misleading on benefits