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by | 1st, September 2005

‘IF some of the residents of what was New Orleans want to seek refuge in Britain, should we let them come in?

‘It’s my chapathi and I’ll say what I want to’

We’ve not yet been faced with this dilemma, and boatloads of Americans clad in voluminous plaid shorts have yet to arrive at Dover and claim refuge and even asylum.

In any case, would we have room for them if they did? According to the Mail, “1.2m migrants have been let in my Labour”.

Eighty per cent of the country’s population growth since 1997 to last year has been a direct result of immigration. And, says the paper, this surge does not include those who “sneak in” illegally every year, nor Big Brother’s Makosi.

And then there are those who, like Makosi, overstay their visas. And if you doubt it was easy to do, you can read the Mail’s “UK visa rules are the softest” piece. The Mail has it that Britain’s visa regime is the “most relaxed in the Western world”. And, in case you’re confused, the Mail doesn’t see this as something that should be celebrated.

It duly hears from Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, a pressure group which has produced the Mail’s headline figure. He says the problem is not only the numbers of new arrivals but what they do after they’ve arrived.

“The failure to integrate our immigrant communities has brought us to a crisis in community relations,” says he. “With immigration on the present scale it is impossible to achieve effective immigration.”

But hold the passports. The

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