Recent immigrants to UK ‘make net contribution’

Here is some more evidence to throw on the growing pile that shows that immigrants to the UK make a net contribution to the UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24813467

And here is a link to the authors’ own article on a website called The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/revealed-immigrants-put-34-more-into-public-finances-than-they-take-out-19845

This goes some way to busting some immigrant-bashing myths.

No Borders – current campaigning activities

Leeds No Borders is a loose network of individuals sharing the idea that there should be freedom of movement for everyone and that no one is illegal. There used to be a very active group in Leeds that had regular meetings.
In the last few months a few people have restarted it by doing protests, campaign support, fund raisers & public meetings.

Coming up:

Thursday 31st October 1pm

nr St Aidens Church Harehills (phone for directions 07466699812)

Meeting for anyone fighting for the right to remain or anyone wanting to
support people doing this, using the NCADC toolkit as a guide.

Saturday 9th November 6.30pm til late
Leeds No Borders and ReachOUT benefit night at Wharf Chambers LS2 7EQ
A jam packed evening of food, poetry & music.
Free for asylum seekers/£5 waged/£3 unwaged
https://www.facebook.com/events/601938359869217

Monday 11th 6pm Wharf Chambers
Meeting to focus on how we can campaign against the immigration act. We will
discuss the key points about the act and work out a campaign strategy. The
deadline for submissions is 19th Nov so we need to act fast.
https://www.facebook.com/events/436614516440280

Thursday 21st November 1-2.30pm
Protest against racist immigration controls
UKBA Waterside Kirkstall Road LS4 2QB
https://www.facebook.com/events/284470515011349

Asylum seekers’ precarious lives exposed in new research

Jon Burnett for the Institute of Race Relations writes here (2.8.13) about important research on the precarious lives of asylum seekers in the ‘forced labour’ market.  The report itself (from Leeds and Salford Universities) is here .

This is just the kind of engaged, socially and politically relevant research we like to see from universities –  beating down the walls of the ivory towers!