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'Refugees come to Britain for help, support and most importantly safety. It is wrong of the general public to assume refugees have a negative effect on our society'.

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'Refugees come to Britain for help, support and most importantly safety. It is wrong of the general public to assume refugees have a negative effect on our society' The above statement claims that Refugees come to Britain for help and safety, and that the way the public condemns them is wrong. Refugees are individuals who leave their home country for one of a number of reasons, although they are usually fleeing a war, persecution or an illegal dictatorship. In this essay, I will present an argument agreeing with the above statement, stating that refugees should be always be allowed into the country and that the public should be proud to be seen as a safe haven for the unfortunate few who flee are forced to flee their home countries. Firstly, Britain is a very rich country, the people of Britain can afford the small amount required to take in these refugees. Britain is one of the worlds richest countries, when you take into account the country's size and comparatively small population, it is easy to see that, on average, the people of Britain are, themselves, very well off. ...read more.


Another aspect the media exaggerates is the amount of Asylum Seekers that Britain takes in each year. In 2002, 110,700 people tried to gain asylum in Britain. Yes, this is a shockingly high figure, a 20% increase on 2001, however; only around half of these were accepted. Also, in Britain, 110,700 is 1.8 refugees per 1000 British citizens, in Austria, for example, 37,000 Asylum applications were filed in 2002, that is a staggering 4.6 refugees per 1000 Austrian citizens. Put simply, Britain does not take in many refugees. Also many people argue that the screening process for refugees is flawed, and that many who are granted asylum in the country were criminals in their homeland. However, in 2002, 49% of applications for asylum were turned down, 33% of which were down to the background checks carried out by the government. That's 36531 Asylum applications turned down due to the Refugees past. Another argument put forward by those attacking the statement is that the refugees create racial tension in the communities the government places them in. However, again, there is very little evidence of this tension, in many places quite the opposite is seen. ...read more.


People may complain, but they do not realise the poor deal these refugees are receiving, yes, some refugees my manage to struggle up the ladder into a position above the average British person, but those who do are a very, very rare breed. In conclusion, the statement 'Refugees come to Britain for help, support and most importantly safety. It is wrong of the general public to assume refugees have a negative effect on our society' is true, as those who do come to the country are fleeing injustice, yes there must be some who try to abuse the system, fighting to get into the country to reap the benefits of our generous welfare system, but that is true of any system, there will always be a few cheaters who feel the need to abuse it. The negative effect described in the statement seems to be no existent in Britain, there are few cases of refugees causing trouble, on average they commit less crime then the average British citizen, the only negative effect seen is the commotion caused by us Brits when it is announced that the ever present stream of refugees may be directed in our direction. ...read more.

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