A Star reader’s letter on 18 August described Sheffield as a ‘City of Scum’ and “…being swamped and drowned by immigrants…”. This is so wrong on so many levels. The only ones drowning are desperate men, women and children trying to escape war and persecution primarily in Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea. According to Britain’s Refugee Council, since 2011 the number of refugees in the UK has fallen from 193,600 to 117,161. With the UK population at 65 million, refugees account for less than 0.2% of us. Please, can we stop whipping ourselves into a rage about immigrants – we are not being swamped. In the first 6 months of 2015, about 172,000 applied in Germany out of 400,000 asylum applications lodged across EU member states. The UK received fewer than 9,500 applicants. By the year end Germany expects around 800,000 applicants and is now calling on all EU countries to take a fair share. This is clearly a major humanitarian issue, but one which can be matched if the will can be found for a cooperative European wide response.
Ecclesall ward Green Party