According to statistics, ‘ 513,000 immigrants came into the country in the year of 2002 up from that of 265,000 individuals in the year 1993,’ (office for national statistics-2012). This has been further spurned into public attention in a manner that it has continued to create tensions through the negative reporting of the media especially with increased requests for asylum in the early ’ 90s (Cooper 2009). For instance, a study carried out in the year 2003 indicated that most people believed that immigration was becoming an issue of national interest.
Immigrants may come in different ways into the country, which may include legal or illegal means. Examples include tourists, students, diplomats or even workers (Kelly 2012). With the global concerns for the terrorist threats and the suggestions by the media that immigrants have continued to exert pressure on the country’ s resources, the refuges and asylum seekers have been therefore faced with the threat of being criminalized or coerced into criminal activities because of the vulnerable situation they have found themselves in. Discrimination against these people has taken many forms as indicated in the following discussions.
Physical abuse has often been based on the general reasoning that asylum seekers may collectively be a threat to a country’ s territory and state sovereignty. The main reasoning as popularly stated by politicians is that the issue is about the protection and defence of a country’ s territorial fronts. Prior to the rise in the number of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom in the period before the dawn of new millennium, the foreigners were well catered for in the sense that there was a positive response from the media and policy-making individuals and hence were not considered as a physical threat to British state security (Innes 2010). In the period before that, there was still a positive atmosphere for the refugees and asylum seekers; with refugee regulations and procedures providing alleys for the protection against communism.
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