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Passion Islam I October 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
Migrant numbers to be tightened
An unprecedented coalition of public keep the number of foreigners settling economic historian Lord Skidelsky, asked
figures called for a limit on migrant here permanently at around the same as the campaign group Migrationwatch
numbers settling in the UK. the number of Britons who leave. to prepare ‘ constructive’ proposals for
The group of MPs and peers, including The group calling for it, headed balancing migration.
a former Archbishop of Canterbury, want jointly by Mr Field and Tory MP Nicholas It publishes a 56-page report setting
a policy of ‘balanced migration’. Soames, also includes Lord Carey, the out a framework for controlling numbers
Only around 20,000 non-EU economic former Archbishop of Canterbury, and without harming the economy.
migrants would be allowed to stay Lord Ahmed, one of Labour’s leading The document suggests no limit or
permanently each year. The rest would Muslim politicians. changes to the rights of genuine asylum
have to go home after four years. Labour MP Frank Field is leading seekers, who make up only three per cent
Immigrants queuing in Calais. The all- the cross-party parliamentary group on of foreign migration. There would also be
party group call for balanced migration balanced migration, Mr Field said the no major changes to marriage rules which
into the UK recent wave of immigration had been confer settlement rights, or any attempt to
The campaigners, led by former unprecedented - 25 times higher than any limit free movement within the EU.
Labour Minister Frank Field, say their for nearly 1,000 years. It had ‘undoubtedly Instead, the proposals focus on
system would produce a UK population brought gains’ to some sections of the economic migrants. They would still be
of around 65million by 2050 - compared community. allowed to obtain work permits, using
to projections of 78.6million under But the former welfare minister added: the points-based system to ensure the
Government policies. ‘One group that has disproportionately economy is not left without vital skills.
Net immigration is currently estimated borne the cost of such immigration, through But workers would be expected to
at more than 300,000 a year, though not pressure on wages, longer waiting lists for return home after four years. Only a
all will stay permanently. decent housing and increased demand limited number of the best-paid or highest-
An opinion poll last night showed a for public services, has been lower-paid skilled - around 20,000 each year - would
large majority of voters in favour of the black and white Britons. be allowed settlement rights.
all-party group’s proposal - but Labour ‘This group has also often experienced When this 20,000 is added to those
effectively ruled it out. a transformation of their neighbourhoods granted settlement rights through
Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said from settled working-class communities marriage, asylum and other routes, the
the Government’s new points-based to societies they can barely recognise.’ total number of foreigners allowed to
system would be better than ‘made up The MPs and peers, who also include remain permanently each year would be
quotas’ for bringing in migrants with the Lord Bill Jordan, former president of the around 130,000. It would be balanced by
skills needed by our economy. Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical the 125,000 British citizens who emigrate,
The aim of balanced migration is to Union, Field Marshal Lord Inge and giving a net increase of only 5,000.
Faith discrimination
is ‘inevitable’ in the UK
Many Muslim and Jewish parents living As part of the study, entitled Terms of are more vulnerable than adults to such
in the UK say they feel resigned to their engagement – Muslim and Jewish school discrimination.
children facing discrimination, according communities, cultural sustainability and Professor Parker-Jenkins said: “This
to new research by the University of religious identity, researchers spent time study will provide food for thought to
Derby. in nine schools. politicians and those in education about
The report, compiled by international They found many parents say it what is happening in Muslim and Jewish
faith-based schools’ expert Professor is inevitable their children will face faith schools.”The findings will be sent
Marie Parker-Jenkins, looked at life in Islamophobia or anti-semitism in their to central Government to help decision
Jewish and Muslim faith schools in the lives. makers shape education policy and will
United Kingdom. The researchers also found children form the basis of a future book.
Police unite in
Want to
Ramadha n
send
Muslim police officers marked the Muslim Police Association, and us an
holy month of Ramadhan with a was attended by assistant chief
special celebration in Prestwich constable Rob Taylor amongst
- and they invited non-muslim others.
article?
colleagues to join in the fun. Guests observed prayers,
The event, held last month at listened to speeches about
the police training college, off Bury Ramadhan and the work of Muslim Send it to:
New Road, Sedgley Park, was police officers, and ate a traditional
organised by Greater Manchester meal.
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