Our ancestors were also migrants

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A lot of people seem to be unhappy about the fact that some migrants are coming to this country. They don’t seem to want the government to help people who have been through the worst experiences imaginable. It seems that the thought of having more migrants in this country makes them angry, but I think it all boils down to fear.

Many people are afraid of the unknown, they are afraid of those who come from different walks of life, perhaps worship a different god, and eat different foods. The fact of the matter is that if you were born and raised in the UK, then your ancestors were also migrants. The UK is a diverse place, and it is one that is made up of millions of people whose ancestors came from elsewhere.

Born and raised in the UK

Let’s take me as an example. I was born and raised in the UK, so were my parents, and so were their parents. You could be mistaken for thinking then that as someone who ticks the ‘White British’ box on some forms, that my ancestors always lived here. But, this is not the case at all, and I’ll tell you why. My Great great grandmother on my mother’s side came from France, she was a Huguenot, and she came to London to escape persecution. My Great grandfather on my father’s side came from America, but we do not yet know where his parents were originally from.

As you can see, I am not 100% British, in fact none of us are, as the UK is made up of people whose ancestors came from all over the world. If this is the case, shouldn’t it then be ok for us to welcome more migrants into the country? Yes, it should be the case, because if it was alright for our ancestors to come here, then it’s ok for someone else’s to come here too.

Contributing towards the economy

hen migrants live in another country, they help to contribute towards the economy. They work, very few of them claim benefits (Despite what the media may tell you), and they spend a lot of their money here. Getting jobs paying companies such as http://leafieldprojects.co.uk/ to help them set up their businesses, buying cars, doing their grocery shops, etc. all contribute to the UK economy.

Fearing change

As I mentioned before, a lot of people fear change, they want things to stay the same because it makes them feel safe. The trouble is that if things stayed the same, they would become stagnant and boring, and who is to say that we shouldn’t help someone who has been through a tough time. Migrants are people too, they are people who want a better life for themselves, and who can blame them?

If you’re still unsure as to whether you think we should let migrants into the UK, let me ask you a question: If you had the money to retire in another country, would you? You probably would. Thousands of Brits leave the UK for good and set up home in a different country, so why shouldn’t people from other countries be able to do the same?