I’m hanging out with a couple of aliens to the left. BBC reports today “Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will have the same rights to work in the UK as other EU nationals from next year.” Polish is now the second language in Britain due to migrants arrival in UK after the 2004 enlargement of the European Union. There will be another wave and wave is an interesting metaphor. It’s natural.
Immigration isn’t a threat. It’s our lifeblood. We are all migrants. We migrate from womb to oxygenated earth. Space travel, to “boldly go where no one has gone before”, is migration. Migration shapes world history. Weather migrates. The further back in your family tree you go the closer you come to an immigrant. Keep going. To be anti migrant is to be anti nature. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for it.
Contradictions and conflict are abound in those who hate immigration. The overt or covert anger twisting the mouths of BNP EDL and UKIP is unsurprising. Anti immigration is the early and clear indication of the onset of an illness that first shows symptoms in language: body language and spoken word. Racism. What’s called an expat community in spain are called immigrants in UK. Yet they are one and the same. The endgame of the illness is holocaust or war.
But the early stages of it are difficult to diagnose unless you’re the target. Ask the Jewish community. To the Eastern Europeans in London, England and the UK I, and many others, see the illness in you. I’ve been to some of your countries and saw it there too. Unchallenged. So I want to help. Learn about us. We know what it’s like to arrive and to be treated as aliens.
Find out about Windrush, The Scarman Report, The Macpherson report, Yinka Shonibare, Zadie Smith, Nadifa Mohamed, Hannah Pool David Adjay, Gary Younge. Camila Batmanghelidjh. Hardeep Singh Kholi. These are your brothers and sisters in UK. Let’s not repeat what the Caribbean community so elegantly and doggedly fought for to make the most inclusive multi-racial 21st century country in Europe. You are the politicians, doctors, lawyers, poets policemen and teachers of tomorrow. Please, face the illness in you and kill it. Or, some years down the line, we will have to do it for you.