THE FACE OF IMMIGRATION IN GREAT BRITAIN
A BRIEF ANALYSIS ON ITS EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES ON MIGRANT POPULATION.
Dr. MAHASWETHA D. MA, M.Phil, PhD
THE FACE OF IMMIGRATION IN GREAT BRITAIN : A BRIEF ANALYSIS ON ITS EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES ON MIGRANT POPULATION.
Britain’s problem of immigration can be summed up by the German famous phrase coined up by Max Frisch, the great Swiss playwright and novelist, who said: ‘Wir riefen Gastarbeiter, und es kamen Menschen.’ – Translated – ‘We called for guest workers, and human beings came’.
The impact of immigration in UK can be seen by the increasingly diverse ethnic population over the years. Figures from ONS (Office for National Studies) Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, May 2015 stating below gives a picture of the latest immigration estimate in UK
Figure: 1: Immigration to the UK by citizenship, 2005 to 2014 (year ending December 2014)
Figure 2. EU immigration to the UK, 2005 to 2014 (year ending December 2014)
In the figures 1&2 it is statistically visible that there is significant increase in both EU and non-EU citizens Immigration of EU citizens has increased to 268,000 in 2014 from 201,000 in 2013. While the increase in EU immigration continues the recent trend that began in 2012, immigration of non-EU citizens had declined from 2011 to mid-2013.
IMPACT ON IMMIGRANTS MENTAL HEALTH: A CASE STUDY
Richard (name changed) and his wife came to UK as any other immigrant to give better life for their children . but immigrating to UK was never a easy task for both the partners as moving has been a long and expensive process. Money was always been a problem and became tight at times. But both overcame the hurdle as both the partners worked as IT employees back in India. They were convinced that they would make their life even better in UK keeping in view their education and employment background in their own country.
Once in UK rejection letters started pouring in one after another, mail after mail Richard says “How can i truly describe it in words,” “Your mind runs very fast compared to what is happening. Rather than hoping for something that you will find at the end of the tunnel, your mind is occupied with things that rob you of options in just trying to survive to pay the bills.”
With his head leaning heavily against his arm and a resigned expression on his face, Richard described the weight that so much uncertainty has placed on his family. “If you call this depression, then, yes, [it is] depression.”