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This is the post I really wanted to make about immigration [20150903|15:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm a migrant. I came to the UK in search of new opportunities, a new job and a better life. I came on an aeroplane. I had a visa. And I was lucky enough to find all of those things.

A refugee is not a migrant. A refugee is someone who is so desperate they'll pay their life savings to put their toddler on a leaky boat in the sea on the slim chance they'll find safety somewhere else. Even the thought of having to do that to my children makes me physically ill. No one does that who is not at the absolute end of hope. No one.

It makes me ill that the British government's position is that it has been doing enough to help these people. Yes. By doing such helpful things as cancelling funding for the boat rescue service that could have prevented them from drowning. Very helpful. Because you don't have to offer asylum to corpses.

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[User Picture]From: moosedevil
2015-09-03 18:47 (UTC)
I feel exactly the same. We, as a country, need to do more. These people are not migrants, they are refugees, risking everything to escape war, persecution and God knows what kind of life. I made a donation to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). I can forgive the use of 'migrant' in the name because what they do is actually amazing. They are based in Malta, and they work with local authorities and shipping route regulars to look out for and help people in crisis at sea in the Med. They actively rescue the very people risking their lives at sea to find a better life. I'm glad they exist. I've found the whole crisis very upsetting :(
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-09-17 13:36 (UTC)
Thank you for the link to the aid organisation - and for your supportive sentiments. I'll be making a donation to MOAS after I get paid this month.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2015-09-03 19:59 (UTC)
One of the things that I always took amazing amount of pride in was that people in need wanted to come to the UK for a better and safer life. People running and fleeing carried on running until they got somewhere they felt safe. That I lived in this place that made people feel safe was something I always found incready by humbling. I've always thought this was good, and something that everyone should feel amazingly proud of. A Good Thing.

The current government's (and last couple, if I'm honest) stance at the moment is horrifying. Surely, when someone is in need, you give them sanctuary. No ifs, no buts. If someone is risking their life, and their family's lives to get somewhere else, what more evidence is needed that they should be welcomed and supported as fellow human beings?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-09-17 13:38 (UTC)
I'm very annoyed with how this government is trumpeting how it's doing the right thing by agreeing to take a (pathetically small) number of refugees directly from the camps, rather than opting to help those who have already given up everything and risked their lives to reach Europe. POINT THAR, U HAS MISSED IT.
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