Hi! My name is Jojo, I'm a writer and editor, I've just turned 30 and I'm moving to Australia in March 2016. No, I'm not doing it the adult way, I don't have a work visa - Lord, no - I'm grasping my last chance to spend one (hopefully two) years 'bumming around' (technical term) and becoming reacquainted with a long lost friend of mine: Relaxation. Yes, that's right, I have a working holiday visa.
In the end we all know that if we are truly generous, we will be taken advantage of. Our fingers will be burnt. But some of the people I have been most impressed with are those who have given and done what they think to be right, even when their generous posture has been abused. Their position is not based on passing emotion, but on conviction.
Let's see if I've got this right. Muslim women who are immigrants - which nearly half of them are not, having been born in the UK - are at risk of deportation unless they learn English. French Jews who have settled in London, on the other hand, get a French rabbi, because, presumably, they find it difficult to follow services in English. But no one says anything about deporting them unless they learn to speak English. I find this - what's the polite word? - puzzling.
David Cameron should recognise deploying the language of segregation doesn't build integration, regardless of the perfection of the English uttered. It builds barriers. If we want integration, which I do, we must all work hard for our goal.
We are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. It is not enough to dabble at the edges and bury our heads in the sand in the hope that someone else will step in. Leaders across Europe, including our own Prime Minister, must step up and take responsibility - strengthening border checks, tackling people smugglers and playing our part to offer sanctuary to desperate people fleeing violence, war and conflict. If Europe fails to act now, the crisis will get worse.
I am not religious, but I can understand why many people are. Last night I watched Channel 4 documentary Jihadis Next Door and like many others it riled me up too. Maybe not for the reasons you'd expect though.
Germany's start to 2016 has been dominated by a wave of sexual assaults that took place in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year's Eve. A number of the suspects for these assaults were of North African origin, which has once again stirred up the main debate in Germany- how to deal with the European refugee crisis.
I am convinced that the UK government must change its stance towards those stuck in northern France in order to save lives. The extraordinary efforts of the volunteers and activists there can only treat the problem and not solve it. Of course charity and donations are essential, yet the solution is a political one and one that is sorely needed and morally required. This would prevent further deaths such as those mourned at the memorial service today.
You might conclude from this article that I'm a closet Little 'Englander, but I firmly believe that I'm a little 'Europer. So vote leave, protect roast dinners, French toast, Belgian chocolate and Danish pastries.
Four minutes and 15 seconds was the length of the Prime Minister's pre-recorded New Year message. It was released onto the BBC website just sixteen s...
When we in the Green Party talk about climate change, it is possible to be drawn into a debate about temperatures and statistics, when what we are really talking about is people - and the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.
In the name of multiculturalism, we cannot allow an infantile liberal-Left deny and denigrate all that is radical and emancipatory about Europe. Because only the far-Right, which hates egalitarian European values as much as the Islamists, will be the eventual beneficiary of this.
Don't shriek, don't wail, don't be scared. Instead, let people like Mr Trump say their piece, safe in the knowledge that your superior intellect and argumentation will win out in the end. Because I genuinely believe it will.
Activists from Lesbian & Gays Supports the Migrants spilled their own blood into the pond outside of the Home Office in protest of the Immigration Bill to be voted on today. Three protestors, from a larger group, cut themselves open to let their blood flow from their arms into the ponds in London this morning.
The use of limitless immigration detention - unashamedly for administrative convenience - is one of the greatest stains on our country's human rights record in recent decades. Despite guidance stating that a person's removal from the UK must be considered 'imminent' to justify detention, many are locked up for months on end - some for years.
The net migration target is far too blunt and crude to be much use to anybody. The target lumps together refugees fleeing ISIL with entrepreneurs from the US, cleaners from Poland and students from Hong Kong. It will never offer a sophisticated or useful snapshot of the state of immigration in Britain, other than to testify that it exists.