Immigrants are essential for Britain’s older generation

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There are three reasons for disagreeing with those who say immigrants shouldn’t come here, even if they don’t use phrases like “go back to bongo bongo land”. But only two of them are obvious. The first is, of course, the immense gains brought by many of the incoming groups, from Huguenots and their weaving to the distinguished scholars and intellectuals persecuted by the Nazis, as featured in Jean Medawar’s book Hitler’s Gift.

The second is that it hardly behoves us to get indignant about people from other countries coming barging into ours, when we’ve been barging into other people’s for centuries, thus creating the British Empire.

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