The United Kingdom has turn into one of the key destinations for many immigrants who are seeking the opportunity to become new Europeans. In 2013, over 503,000 Immigrants travel to the United Kingdom from all over the world . As the European Union expands, the United Kingdom population has continues to increase with people traveling across land and by sea all in search of a better way life. As the influx of immigrants steadily began to rise so does the concerns for the future state of the United Kingdom. Providing resources such as health care, housing, schooling, local and statewide services for the increasing population of newcomers has taken a toll on the UK that can been seen not only in the big cities but in small communities as well. To better grasp the immigration situation and to provide a background to the reasons why people are emigrating United Kingdom, this paper will be focus on one ethnic groups from which its countries are a part of the European Union the Polish.
UK Position on Immigration - The history of the United Kingdom stance on immigration has always been a cantankerous subject within the walls of Parliament. In 1949, the Parliament passed the British Nationality Act 1948, allowing all commonwealth or people under British colonial rule to become citizens of the United Kingdom. From the start of the post-World War II expansion, the UK has utilized the help of immigrants to build up the labor force for the country’s growing industry. Most of the job offered at the time to the immigrant involved heavy labor and were potentially dangerous, but the wages gained from this line of work was substantially more than what they could earn in their home countries. This opportunity became the catalyst for the first big wavy of new setters around the 1950’s. As new jobs began to open up, the work forces opportunities expanded from working at iron foundries, and on railroads to working at post offices, hospitals and even as plumbers and electricians.
The Opposition for Immigration
Not everyone in Parliament was an advocate of this growing population of immigration work force in the UK. Enoch Powell a Conservative Member of Parliament who feared the increasing numbers of settlers would result in the spawning of ghettos all across UK. That would consequently lead to the mirror imaging of the United States and some of the issues that plagued American during the race riots and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To address immigration concerns Enoch Powell gave his Rivers of Blood speech to the Conservative Association on April 20, 1968 .
“It almost passes belief that at this moment twenty or thirty additional immigrant children are arriving from overseas in Wolverhampton alone every week - and that means fifteen or twenty additional families of a decade or two hence. Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual...