Tuesday 3 November 2009

Contribution of Immigrants to British Society

Immigration policy is a political hot potato, particularly in the months preceding an election. Enforced deportations, loss of control of asylum seekers, loss of benefits for refugees until they are accepted all stand to damage the reputation of the UK in the world. Great Britain is generally well respected for its models of good practice in interfaith relations and its appreciation of other peoples’ cultures. It is also noteworthy that major religions praise the values of hospitality and sanctuary. This permeates our legal and moral framework not just in the UK but in the European Union.

Britain has hosted several waves of immigration throughout its history. These give rise to greater tensions during a time of economic recession. While we have benefitted from substantial number of professionals and others from around the world, there is a sense of tension over lack of job opportunities, rising house prices and lack of resources and availability of public services in some specific areas. There seems to be a need for mature discussion about these issues, in such a manner as not to jeopardize the good community cohesion measures in place. On the other hand, we should never lose sight of the great contribution immigrants have made over the years, to the United Kingdom. Our distinguished panel of speakers will illuminate on these issues and the topics.

As there is a great interest in this event, please (RSVP) reserve a place by return email or phone call. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on November 24th.

Robin Marsh Cllr. Margaret Ali – Chair of Community Cohesion Working Group
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On behalf of Community Cohesion Working Group committee members: Ms. Vanessa Edwards: CCWG Secretary; Cllr. Liaquat Ali: former Mayor of London Borough of Waltham Forest; Mrs. Ruth Louise Barnett: Holocaust educator; Cllr. Janet Baddeley: Watford Borough Council; Cllr. Mushtaq Lasharie: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea & Chair of 3rd World Solidarity; Mr. Alan Rainer: Interfaith activist & Religious Education teacher, Angad Kaur of Guru Ram Das, project, Mr. Tim Miller: Chair of Hastings Interfaith Forum; Mr. Brij-Mohan Gupta:Co Chair of Hindu Council UK – Cllr. Faizullah Khan: Former Speaker of London Borough of Hackney; Mr. Edwin Shuker: Vice President of the World Congress of Sephardic Jews, Mr. Sukhbir Singh, of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha;

UPF Patron: Lord King of West Bromwich;
Advisor: Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid.

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