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Unity in the Community say:
The papers say Britain is under siege from asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers are blamed for higher taxes, crime, rising
house prices, hospital waiting lists, cheap labour, terrorism and AIDS. Mainstream politicians either agree or refuse to challenge these stories. There are two possible reasons for this press campaign. Only one of them can be true. The ﬁrst is that fake refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe really are responsible for most of Britain’s problems. Many people believe asylum seekers are one of our society’s biggest problems. No wonder. The scare stories printed every day in the Sun, Express, Star and Mail are hardly ever challenged in the press or in parliament. That’s why we’ve set out some facts that might make you see things diﬀerently. We think they show that asylum seekers are not causing these problems, but that asylum seekers are being used as scapegoats.Asylum seekers are blamed for higher taxes, crime, rising house prices, hospital waiting lists, cheap labour,
It’s the oldest trick in the book. Blame the other fella. Divide and rule. We
produced this leaﬂet because we’re fed up too. Fed up with services that get worse instead of better Fed up with council tax hikes and impossible house prices. Fed up with schools and hospitals being run down and sold oﬀ piecemeal. Fed up with low pay and crime.
Above all, we’re fed up being lied to about why this is happening.
We’re looking to enhance our charity trustee board by co-opting someone experienced in PR/marketing to support and advise on our press/media work. Commitment required: bi-monthly meetings, annual strategy days and providing additional one-to-one support to staff/volunteers.
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A few quotes from the report published today:
“When assessed as a whole, the evidence of discriminatory, sensational or unbalanced reporting in relation to ethnic minorities, immigrants and/or asylum seekers, is concerning.”
“[The conclusion that] Muslims, migrants, asylum seekers and gypsies/travellers … targets of press hostility and/or xenophobia in the press, was supported by the evidence seen by the Inquiry.”
“…some newspapers expressed a consistently clear view on the harm caused by migrants and/or asylum seekers (often conflating the two) and ensured that any coverage of the issue fit within that narrative.”
“It is important to reiterate that the evidence was not all bad: there were many examples of titles with responsible and positive reporting on these issues, and even within the section of the press identified for criticism, there was evidence showing a complicated picture.”
Judge for yourself by reading the section on ethnic minorities, immigrants and asylum seekers here http://www.ein.org.uk/news/leveson-report-finds-sensational-or-unbalanced-reporting-relation-immigrants-and-asylum-seekers
Or read the 1,000 page report here: http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc07/0780/0780_ii.pdf
We work with people with incredible experiences both in their country of origin and here in the UK. We know that people who listen to their stories are often changed by what they hear. We also know that most people
have very confused or ill-informed opinions of what seeking asylum really means. So we challenge the myths and untruths perpetrated by the media.