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Europe tightens borders to block the influx of immigrants

Saturday, June 25th 2011 - 07:35 UTC
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European Union leaders agreed Friday to tighten migration safeguards, including potentially reintroducing border controls between states, in a controversial response to an influx of migrants fleeing North Africa's upheaval. Read full article

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  • GeoffWard

    This is a classic case of 'closing the stable door (some many years) after the horse has bolted'. Muslims, Romas, Somalis, Nigerians, North Africans - the list is endless.
    [OK, I know this sounds like a racist rant, but I rather liked 'the old England']

    The Shengen Agreement is no more.
    Passports needed at all European border controls - and about time too!

    The UK was outside the Agreement, but failed to stop (hundreds of?) thousands of illegal entrants.
    It's one thing to ask for documents - entirely another to *stop* illegal entry.

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    We both know France has turned a blind eye for years over immigrant’s coming in to the UK
    But when it happens to them,
    All rules go out of the window
    Italy allowed them out of their country by relaxing the rules,
    And France got a lot of them,
    France is only interested in France,
    She puts herself before others, [and i agree with that]
    it’s just a shame that our government puts OTHERS before its own people,

    But that politics for you
    No one likes them, but still vote for them

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I think the days of sneaking into the UK and living off benefits may well become a thing of the past. Under New Labour there was virtually no border control but things are certainly tightening up.

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 10:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    .ElaineB
    Yes you are correct,
    But let’s hope that this government sticks to its guns,
    Their decision is already being challenged in the ECHR,
    But hopefully no more benefits, time will tell

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 10:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I am not anti-immigration - I think we all appreciate how lucky we are to have such a diverse and reasonably tolerant society. When I encounter the overt racism in some countries I am glad I grew up with a different attitude.

    However, I am anti the idea that anyone, immigrant or not, can get something for nothing. It is surely not a healthy way of life to believe you can take without giving. If people want to work, contribute and take part in the Social Contract, all well and good. I am one of the people that absolutely supports a welfare state in that it should be there for the sick, disabled, young and old, and as a safety net for people that paid into the system but need some short-term help. Any civilised society has a duty to take care of the weaker members of society. Somewhere along the line that idea seems to have been lost and replaced with the idea that living off the state is an alternative lifestyle for the fit and healthy. Gawd, I sound all Daily Mail. Someone shoot me. : )

    Jun 25th, 2011 - 11:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    E,
    : )
    So easy to appear intolerant
    when just pointing out excesses, opportunism, lack of adequate management and national policy gone pear-shaped.
    G.

    Jun 26th, 2011 - 12:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    This is a good step, but the schengen, just like the whole EU, should be scrapped.

    but I rather liked 'the old England'
    Just like “old” holland, both are gone and won't come back. Unfortunately we have to get use to that. One of the reasons I left it.

    Jun 26th, 2011 - 03:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    1 GeoffWard, How can you say something like that...

    Former asylum seeker on benefits given £2 million house
    “Abdi and Sayruq Nur, who fled war town Somalia, had been unhappy that their previous home – also paid for by housing benefit – was not convenient for shopping and meant their children had to get the bus to school”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7883944/Former-asylum-seeker-on-benefits-given-2-million-house.html

    Jun 26th, 2011 - 04:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Well the decent people of the world is in full agreement,
    benefit cheats are bad, it should be there for those who need it most,

    fido, nice to see you agree, we all like the [old] bit,
    , old England of the past, and other countries,
    But sadly time marches on,
    If only we had a time machine,.
    But alas we must make the best of what we have,

    Jun 26th, 2011 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    Marcos Alejandro (#8)
    “ GeoffWard, How can you say something like that...”

    As I said at #6,
    So easy to appear intolerant
    when just pointing out excesses, opportunism, lack of adequate management and national policy gone pear-shaped.

    Jun 26th, 2011 - 10:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    10 The article I posted above is a perfect example of that.

    Jun 27th, 2011 - 03:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    Yes, Marcos.
    Social liberalism gone mad.

    Jun 27th, 2011 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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