There are a lot of stupid people in the UK who swallow all the UKIP crap without doing any of their own research.
Basically bro, a lot of people in my country hate immigration because the media has used it as a scapegoat for...well basically everything. No jobs? Must be the immigrants! kind of thing.
There is a strong animosity especially towards Eastern Europeans, especially the Polish, Romanians and Bulgarians, which in my opinion is entirely undeserved. Britain needs immigrants (though we need highly educated and skilled ones), but because anti-immigration rhetoric is so popular, politicians have begun to use it as a vote-winner, which has only increased the anti-immigration sentiment- legitimised it if you will.
This is quite sad, since membership with the EU has brought a huge array of economic benefits, especially with trade. If any UKIP voters bothered to read the economist they would understand just how bad it will be to leave.
I have no doubt that the UK will leave the EU, if not in 2017 then certainly after that.
Yes, England I think it does need immigrants. How many Brits would get up at 5. am and go to offload products from the vans at tesco? or who would do what I was doing, working at night in the library? I was the only European doing that but I didnt mind, the wage was good and for me it is not a problem to work at night.
We have the same issues in Italy, what Italians goes to pick up tomatos in hot summer days? or who will watch for old people?
Thats said immigration has lots of problems too is not entirly beneficial. Integration is not taking place in Europe at least for many, there is a lots of crime linked to immigration, and at times it lowers the wage of local people.
To give you an example there are people in my country that used to work in construction sites, they had good wages, holidays, free lunch and insurence, then immigrants came and they accepted the jobs in the construction for lower demands...so many consturction site owners hired immigrants over italians and many lost their job or to had to accept lower condition. the same thing happned with jenitors and in other places.
Then you also have many other problems related to immigration. Space, infrunstructure., As A. Merkel said they were not ready to have immigrants stay for that long and to see the population increasing. So they have problems with habitation and schools.
What I would do now is to take specialized immigrants, offer to some temporary visas, close the borders for permanent immigrants, take out the irregular ones and I would try to integrate the ones we already have. At least thats what I would do in Italy. In my country immigrants dont want new comers anymore. Thats the other strange thing.
But trust me it was funny to hear an African man talking bad about other immigrants. He is now a TV celebrity lol
By the way I hope England does stay in the EU. But EU must change and be more open.