Recent events will inevitably make life more difficult for people who seek asylum in our country, the red topped yellow press are stirring up hatred of 'Johnny Foreigner' just like old colonial times, the old lies are back in fashion, 'stealing our jobs and houses and scrounging off social security' etc. unfortunately people read this poison and don't bother to check the facts which do not support these claims.
Fact - Asylum Seekers are not entitled to housing or benefits until they become permanent.
Fact - Less than 5,000 in 2006 were granted permission to stay.
Fact - They are assessed in the same way as others, they are treated no differently.
Fact - 82% are between 18 and 34 yrs old & 93 % have no dependants. This means they are in the low priority group for social housing.
Fact - Only 0.06 % of Local authority tenants in 2006 were immigrants. A mere 0.3 % were deemed eligible for homelessness assistance and, Between 2005/2006 a minute 1% of social tenants were from abroad.
Conclusion ? we are being lied to big style, do your homework and don't be manipulated by the gutter right wing press.
ASYLUM BEJASUS ! _ A ray of hope from the Emerald Isle, 47 yr. old Rotimi Adebari from Nigeria has become the first black Mayor in Ireland he is now 1st. citizen of Portlaoise, Co. Laois. When he settled there a mere 7 yrs ago his two kids were the only foreigners in the school, there are now more than 30 nationalities in the school. The USA by contrast has just elected it's first black Governor in Massachusetts after 300 yrs. This is the way forward ("we must love one another or die" - W. H. Auden) - I fear that several hundred more years will go by before the killing and the hatred stops, by then, we will have accepted that Capitalism does not work, if anyone is still here that is.
As they say in Ireland, to the Asylum Seeker and struggling immigrant 'may our giving hand never wither'