Immigration is a hotly contested topic that I hear a lot about, seemingly every day I hear someone mention it with a tone that implies it’s a dirty word, but I just don’t get it.

Coming over here, taking our jobs….

I work in a maths department with 12 teachers, 4 of them are immigrants. 3 from Canada and 1 from the Irish Republic. We have tried to recruit teachers this year but no one applies. There are not enough maths teachers in this country to fill all the jobs and there are not enough trainee’s to fill next year’s jobs, despite generous bursaries and other incentives to get people to train. So they certainly aren’t taking “our” jobs.

Today my daughter was seen by an out of hours doctor. He was chinese, yet we’re told there is a shortage of doctors in this country, so he’s not taking “our” jobs.

In fact these “immigrants” are actually making a positive contribution to our society.

Who’s country is it anyway?

There are few, if any, indigenous British people left. Perhaps the odd one in Wales, Scotland or Cornwall. The rest of us incorporate genes from a vast array of people’s from across the world. Even those with long family histories of “British” ancestors will have Viking, Norman and Anglo Saxon in them to compliment the indigenous celtic genes. How far back should we go? How territorial should we be?

Going back to my department at school, of the other 8 only 2 are from Bradford, the city where the school is based, so should the rest of us not be allowed to work there?

What makes someone part of a nation?

Os it their place of birth? Is it their parents place if birth? Their Grandparents place of birth? Who decides? Which isn’t your nationality defined by the country you settle in, pay your taxes in, contribute to society in?

If people want to move here, work here, build a better life and society here why would we stop them? I find the whole idea of a migration cap bizarre. Who really cares which side of an imaginary line someone is born on, if they’re committed to a country surely that’s what counts right?

It annoys me that it’s seen as a dirty word. One of the greatest things about this country is the diversity and tolerance we have as a society. People from a vast array of backgrounds, races, religions living and working together. Let’s not lose that. The rise of the UKIP rhetoric, a xenophobic rhetoric, is irksome and worrying and we need to get past it.