LETTER: ‘Whose policy is flawed, then?’

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Recent letters and comments from Catherine Bearder MEP, Simon Cummins and Margaret Bamford all call for a more humanitarian approach to the refugee crisis.

Ms. Bamford argues ‘let us hope that we have courage... to respond to the needs of those desperately seeking sanctuary from violence and oppression”.

Yet councillor Paul Graysmark (Herald, October 17) argues all adults in Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Sudan should ‘not (be) running away’. Few unarmed civilians in these war-torn countries are likely to agree.

Councillor Graysmark goes on to pedal the UKIP mythology that immigrants should stay as far from us as possible and that we do not need them.

The EU’s largest economy, Germany, is accepting 800,000 immigrants this year alone whereas the UK will only accept 20,000 over the next five years. Germany humanitarianism should be applauded but it should also be recognised it is acting in its national self-interest.

Germany knows it’s ageing population needs immigration to sustain economic growth, pay taxes and staff under-resourced health and other social services. As I grow older, I am becoming increasingly worried who will help fund my UK state pension and look after me in the understaffed NHS. Whose policy is flawed then?

Nick Hopkinson

Goring Road


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