LETTERS: Migrants are decent people, not ‘scum’

Migrants at Calais: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Migrants at Calais: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Before calling people she has never met “scum” and implying that Sheffield Council bring them here, Shirley Samworth should avail herself of a few facts.

Migrants make a net contribution to the national wealth.

Asylum seekers do not decide to come to Sheffield and the council do not ask for them.

They are directed here under the national Home Office Dispersal Scheme.

Whereas it may seem that we are a soft touch, the truth is that several European countries accept many more immigrants than we do.

Furthermore, 80 per cent of the world’s refugees are cared for by some of the poorest countries in the world.

Asylum seekers are statistically more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of crime.

During assessment, asylum seekers are not allowed to work and they can never jump the housing queue.

So, Shirley Samworth, I pity you having to walk through a city which contains an “amount of foreigners”, but without getting to know them it is a bit harsh to label them “scum”.

I have worked alongside people of all nationalities in my 50 years of working life and the few people I would describe as scum have been tie-wearing middle class white British.


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