Two teams debate the proposition that immigration policy be changed to reduce the numbers of immigrants allowed into Great Britain.
Matthew Clifton is the Research Manager at the New Local Government Network. He has been a policy adviser in Islington, Enfield and Hounslow councils. In Hounslow he was also a senior economic development officer managing cross borough regeneration.
Matthew also spent four years in Brussels working with the European Commission and in the European Parliament where he specialised in EU social policy, civil liberties, and the regulation of public services.
Matthew graduated from Exeter University with a BA Honours in Economics and Politics with European Study and has a master's degree in Mass Communications. He also won a Japanese government scholarship to study in Japan gaining an MA in International Relations at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
David Conway is a British academic philosopher. He grew up in London, England, read Philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge University in the 1960s and went on to obtain his doctorate in Philosophy from University College London.
He taught at Middlesex University for over thirty years, where he was Professor of Philosophy and of which he is now an Emeritus Professor. He subsequently worked at Roehampton University as a Senior Research fellow in Theology and Religious Studies.
Conway currently works for the independent British think tank CIVITAS as a senior research fellow.
Gibril Faal is a multidisciplinary practitioner with an eclectic professional background. He has led projects and written papers on a wide range of political economy, business management and international development themes.
He has been a management consultant, business adviser and University lecturer for over 15 years working on private, public and charitable sector development.
In the past 5 years, whilst on a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-funded project, he was one of the pioneers of social enterprise business support delivery in the UK. He is a Director at GK Partners, a UK-based consultancy specialising on: multiple bottom line business planning & development; corporate responsibility & governance; and implementing social enterprise & ethical business models.
In June 2006, he was appointed to undertake the independent impact evaluation of University of Oxford's Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). He is the founder of RemitAid - the programme for "Remittance Tax Relief for International Development."
He is also the Chairman of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a UK-based charity which works to extend and enhance the role Diasporas play in African development.
Roger Helmer is a British politician and a Conservative Party Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands region. He has described himself as a eurosceptic and is a supporter of the Better Off Out campaign.
Timothy John Robert Kirkhope is a British lawyer and politician, currently serving as Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber for the Conservative Party. He has been leader of the Conservative delegation since December 2004. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999, after serving for ten years as Member of Parliament for Leeds North East.
Viv Regan is Assistant Director of education charity, NGO, NVYO WORLDwrite which campaigns for global equality. She is also Producer of Chew on it productions and is a freelance assessor of youth programmes and co-director of the educational consultancy ME-WE.
"inmigrants do jobs which none of the locals want for lower salaries, they pay more taxes than the average locals, they promote microeconomics, create jobs and, overall, they are positive to Europe (which needs over 50 MILLION foreign workers in the next 25 years) to **cover up our social security systems**"
This is false. You can reduce the need for immigrants to zero easily by increasing retirement age by a few years.
Immigrants are such a diverse group that you can't meaningfully say they are a positive contribution to society. Unqualified immigrants end up on welfare to a far greater degree than qualified.
Unqualified workers mostly come from the middle east and africa. This is simple fact and has nothing to do with racism or branding groups.
"W/best wishes from Canary Islands (Spain, densely populated by British retirees who never paid a single penny of tax here and nobody criticizes)."
This is just silly. Those are wealthy immigrants that massively increases local wealth by contributing their foreign currency. This phenomenon isn't even in the same ballpark as uneducated asylum seekers.
Your arguments belong to the European far right and, in many countries of the EU, you would get in serious legal trouble when **acussing whole groups of people** (students, spouses, family reunions, inmigrants in general) to be a sort criminals who cheat everone. You should read the Human Rights Chart. Also, you should read the many academic studies analyzing your fallacies: inmigrants do jobs which none of the locals want for lower salaries, they pay more taxes than the average locals, they promote microeconomics, create jobs and, overall, they are positive to Europe (which needs over 50 MILLION foreign workers in the next 25 years) to **cover up our social security systems**, pay your doctor and hospital biils, pensions, armies, etc.
Finally, I am pretty sure you are not talking about the inmigrants living in South Kensington but on those who are considered "poor" by European standards who come to Europe to search for a job to feed their families (what the Britts did in so many countries during so many centuries).
W/best wishes from Canary Islands (Spain, densely populated by British retirees who never paid a single penny of tax here and nobody criticizes).