On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying an estimated 500 migrants, many of them Eritreans under the age of 40, capsized less than one kilometer from the island of Lampedusa, Italy. It is estimated that just 155 passengers survived. A week later in the early hours of October 11, another boat was capsized 60 kilometers off the same island killing another 30 people.
In the next couple of weeks a prosperous British industry will be reduced to ashes. The industry in question is the remittance sector - a vast and growing area made up of hundreds of Money Service Businesses (MSBs) - local, generally small businesses which provide diaspora communities with a means to remit money back home.
The bottom line is that only 134,000 people - 0.3% of the total population - don't speak English at all. Even in Newham, where well over half the population was born abroad, and the Sun seems to think that people "simply don't want to integrate", fewer than 1 in 10 of the population can't speak English well.
very day we hear about children and families living in poverty in Britain. Yesterday was the final day of evidence at the Parliamentary inquiry on support of children and families seeking asylum. The inquiry is the first formal review of the asylum support system since 2009 and has revealed evidence of systemic poverty, deprivation, and negative impacts on the lives of children.