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‘Climate of ethnic profiling’: UN criticizes UK immigration bill

Published time: December 26, 2013 12:41
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Planned immigration laws could lead to a climate of “ethnic profiling” in the UK, warns the UN. The new legislation could fine landlords for renting properties to illegal immigrants in a move that could result in their “marginalization from society”.

Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the new measures proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron “could contribute toward a climate of misunderstanding and ethnic profiling, which in the long term could prove detrimental to social cohesion”.

The High Commissioner outlined his concerns in a letter to British MPs, claiming the legislation will backfire on asylum seekers and refugees, who may be deprived of housing and other services because of misinterpretation of their legal status.

“The UN high commissioner for refugees is concerned that, if introduced, such measures could contribute towards a climate of misunderstanding and ethnic profiling that could undermine the longer-term prospects for integration of such persons and prove detrimental to social cohesion,” said the letter.

The immigration laws will threaten landlords who rent properties to illegal immigrants with fines and will also impose financial penalties on banks that provide services to them. The measures would also oblige temporary migrants to pay for any public services they use.

The measures come as part of a wider crackdown on immigration in the UK, which has been heavily criticized as being discriminatory. Over the summer counter immigration initiatives were scrapped by the government after they triggered outrage.

In July the Home Office rolled out a fleet of vans in central London carrying billboards emblazoned with the slogan: “Go home or face arrest!” Two weeks after the initiative began it was canceled because of the torrent of complaints, accusing the government of outright “intimidation”.

Similarly, a plan to force visitors from “high risk” countries to pay a security bond of £3,000 ($4,600) before coming to the UK had to be scrapped because of uproar in the countries targeted by the initiative.

"During this shambolic process the Home Office has managed to upset a number of foreign governments and confuse millions of potential visitors. This is not the way to fashion a strong and effective immigration policy,” said Labour MP, Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs committee in November.

In spite of uproar, both in the UK and abroad, the Conservative government is pushing ahead with the new legislation.
Immigration minister, Mark Harper, said in October that the Bill would “stop migrants abusing public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which draw illegal immigrants to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here”.

Britain is preparing for an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants this January. An investigation carried out by the North America based Democracy Institute predicts that an average of 44,000 Bulgarians and 33,000 Romanians will head to the UK annually over the next five years.

Comments (27)


iibdii 28.03.2014 01:13

continue..., make you any good of a person, but the way you see other people. the UK doesnt have money to support you because they are too busy bedding with corporate and aiding and financing wars for their personal gains. Thanks God Scotland going separate, soon gonna be only your problem not mine :D


iibdii 28.03.2014 01:10

@werner Rocker do not forget Britians were illegally migrants by force in half of the world for centuries. but i guess rules are different when whites were killing innocent and raping underage, the genocide of red indians by whites and yet they are Britians biggest Allies.
problem is UK benefit system, you are not angry because people getting it who are not white, you are angry because you are not getting as easily as them. i believe whole benefit system should be scrapped and redesign to benefit the welfare of people not so scums (any colour) could fill pocket and gamble n drink and smoke away. ur colour doesnt


StandAgainstGenocide 29.12.2013 10:05

One could say Tibetan's genocide by the Chinese is a "Demographics Shift".
Ant i-Whites will call it out for the genocide it is.
One could say White people's genocide by anti-Whites is a "Demographics Shift".
Ant i-Whites will deny it is genocide and call anyone who opposes them names.
"Dem ographics shift" is code for purposely changing White countries into non-White countries, aka genocide.
Anti-r acist is a codeword for anti-White.

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