Taxpayers money should not be used to repatriate immigrants

Taxpayers are funding the repatriation of thousands of Eastern European immigrants who have been unable to secure accommodation or employment in Britain. Should it be to the expense of the hardworking taxpayer?

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Taxpayers are paying for Government incompetency

It does not seem fair that the Government beckons over thousands of immigrants: providing little or no restriction when it comes to access to the United Kingdom and when jobs slowly run out, immigrants cannot secure employment and the end result is the harsh reality of the streets of London. Is that the fault of the taxpayer? At this present moment in time, the British taxpayer is doing all he can to hold onto his money and make it work for him. Instead, it is automatically taken from his bank account and paying for the mistakes of the Government.

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Unpopular with the public

Despite the current recession, the majority of taxpayers certainly do not begrudge a percentage of their earnings going towards paying the police for the hard work they do; keeping our NHS running smoothly and ensuring the elderly citizens of our nation stay warm through the winter months. As controversial as it may seem, charity begins at home. Foreign people cannot come to the United Kingdom and expect a free ticket so they can travel home. With everyone tightening their belts, results on online forums reveal that parting with their cash for such a cause is not something that is popular with the public. One member of the public commented that his friend pays £1600 to be cared for in a residential home –the Government would rather spend money on others than their own deserving citizens. (1)
(1) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5497299.ece

Despite many not supporting the scheme, a few members of the public wholeheartedly do, for the reasons that are given below.

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The pay-outs are extreme

A great deal of money is being paid out: councils are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money sending homeless eastern European immigrants back to their own countries. London’s Westminster City Council received £100,000 last year for costs.
(1) http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/79653/Taxpayers-foot-bill-for-migrants-to-go-home

Yes, a great deal of money is being paid out, but it is being ignored who the ‘taxpayer’ actually is. A spokesman for Thames Reach said the cost of returning homeless immigrants to their own countries was small compared to the ‘huge gain’ which the UK economy made in taxes from the vast majority of Eastern European immigrants. The British public may complain about the immigrants, but it cannot be denied that those who do work pay their taxes, just the same as we do.

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A matter of life and death

Absolutely no one deserves to be homeless, but the Eastern European immigrant took a chance when he came to Britain, in the middle of a credit crunch and expected to easily find a job and housing. It is hard enough for Britain’s own people to do that presently, let alone everyone else.

No one can deny the overwhelming sense of guilt and pity they experience when they walk past a homeless person, shivering on the streets and remind ourselves how lucky we are to go home to a warm bed and central heating. Does it really matter how that person got there? We are talking about support for some of the most vulnerable people in society, in a difficult and dangerous situation. Besides, the winter months are so harsh, it is a life and death matter. It is easy to judge inside the protective walls we call home. How can we deny that person £50 and perhaps spare their life?

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It is not expensive

£50 is not a lot for some people, but is for others. Additionally, the new scheme proposes bringing people from Poland to facilitate the move and others to accompany those who are returning home. When flights, accommodation and food are included, each could cost in excess of £1,000. This is far too extreme and the taxpayer should not be paying for such extravagances. Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationwatchUK, backed funding for destitute migrants to go home but said their countries’ authorities must not be let off the hook. Sir Andrew said: “One free ticket home, but only one, would be both humane for the migrant worker and sensible for the British taxpayer. But we must not take over from the consulates of Poland and the other eastern European countries their responsibilities for their own citizens.”

Sending an Eastern European immigrant home only costs £50. It is not a great sum of money when it is put in that context. Only £50 for a one-way coach trip home.

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It will clear our streets

There is no denying that the streets of London are unsafe. It is even more dangerous for those who are sleeping rough. Of the 13,000 people estimated to sleep on the streets of London each year, up to 20% are from Eastern and Central Europe: they are the desperate failures of the mass migration into Britain that followed the entry of Eastern bloc countries into the EU in 2004 and 2007. (1) Maybe it is time we made the effort and got them a roof over their heads, no matter what country it is in.
(1) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5497299.ece

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Worthy causes will not lose out

Don’t we already complain about the way our taxes are spent anyway? Whilst we are happy for our money to be spent on the worthy causes, you only have to watch a particular morning chat show to see that benefits are not always given to those most deserving. We elected our government and their policies: surely they know best and other worthy causes will not suffer as a result of the new scheme.

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The system is working

Why are the government refusing to comment how many have been sent home, paid for by us? This means they must be ashamed of it, or are hiding how much of our money has been taken and pays for their mistakes.

The government have not commented how many immigrants have been sent home, but it is believed to be around 500 a year under various schemes (1). Surely this means the system is working: immigrants are being provided with safe passage home.
(1) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5497299.ece

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