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Immigrants are welcome here

Issue No. 2444

Immigrants are welcome here - no to border controls

Immigrants are welcome here - no to border controls (Pic: dannyman on Flickr)

Our rulers want us to panic about the fact that more Romanians and Bulgarians are coming to Britain.

They say if “too many” migrants come there won’t be enough resources to give everyone a decent standard of living.

But the number of migrants in Britain doesn’t determine our standard of living.

There was mass unemployment in Britain in the 1930s—and virtually no immigration into Britain. In the 1950s and 1960s, when many migrants came to Britain from the Commonwealth, there was full employment.

At the same time Britain funded an expanding NHS and embarked on a programme of council house building. Now we are told there is no money for such things.

In reality, there is more than enough money in Britain for all workers to have higher living standards.

The Tories and the bosses want us to blame migrants for low pay, unemployment, lack of housing and overstretched services. 

Yet they’re the ones slashing services, refusing to build council homes, sacking workers and imposing pay cuts. 

Workers fighting back together can win higher wages and defend jobs and services for all working class people—migrant and British-born.

The rich scapegoat migrants to divide us and weaken our struggle. We have to resist racist scapegoating and unite against our real enemy.

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Tue 10 Mar 2015, 16:47 GMT
Issue No. 2444
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