Immigration led the headlines again over the holiday season. Around 100 migrants were found on beaches or rescued from boats in the English Channel, sparking talk of a “crisis” and “major incident” and leading the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to cut short his Christmas break to chair a meeting with senior officials at the Border Agency and National Crime Agency. It’s yet another example of how coverage of migration in the media and political rhetoric run way ahead of the reality, and fuel misperceptions about the scale, nature and impact of the issue. This has real consequences, not just for how people feel about migration, but for nationally vital issues like Brexit, given that just about all analyses put concern about immigration at or near the top of the reasons why a majority of UK voters supported leaving the EU. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start … [Read more...] about ‘The five facts British people get wrong about immigration’
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Scotland 6 December 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46457341 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel When the UK voted to leave the EU, there was dramatic difference north of the border - with 62% of Scottish voters wanting to remain. … [Read more...] about Do Scots think differently about immigration?
The Guardian published an interview with Hillary Clinton last week that either signaled her intention to pursue the Democratic presidential nomination once again or, as critics would have it, secure a columnist job at Breitbart.com. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame” of right-wing populism, the former secretary of state told the British newspaper. “I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message — ‘we are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support’ — because if we don’t deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic.” Cue outrage. A “sickening capitulation,” fumed Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith. “A death sentence for millions and millions of people,” … [Read more...] about Hillary is right about immigration
Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 4:47 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Facing midterm elections forecasts that predict huge voter turnout for Democrats and the possible loss of one or both chambers of Congress for Republicans, President Donald Trump has seized on the immigration issue. He’s resurrected talking points from his 2016 presidential campaign and raised new ones to fire up his poltical base ahead of next week’s midterm elections. He’s highlighted the issue at campaign rallies and press conferences. He’s ordered the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to respond to his claims of a “national emergency” at the southern border, deploying the military. And since he first mentioned the caravan of Central American migrants on Oct. 16, he’s tweeted about the issue 34 times. Tucked into one of those tweets, in between rants against Democrats and so-called “open borders,” he had made the reason behind his immigration … [Read more...] about Tracking Trump’s many threats, claims on immigration ahead of midterms
U.S. President Donald Trump hammered his hard line on immigration again on Thursday, but some Republicans wish he would shift focus to the economy, lest he drive away suburban voters and mobilize Latino communities against his party. Several Republican operatives and officials described a growing sense of fear within the party over Trump’s hardline rhetoric on border security, which he has repeated nearly every day for the past three weeks. “You’re playing at the margins with Republicans on the issue of immigration, but there are very many more Democrats that might be mobilized by his rhetoric,” said conservative radio host and The Resurgent editor Erick Erickson, who called Trump’s immigration-heavy closing pitch “not smart politically” in a tweet earlier Thursday. Operating under the assumption that talking tough on immigration can energize enough Republicans to stymie a “blue wave” of Democratic midterm voters, Trump … [Read more...] about Trump’s immigration obsession could backfire, some Republicans fear