Illegal migrants have taken to the streets of London, fighting for the right to live and work in Britain. Rallying alongside religious leaders and politicians, they called on the government to grant a two-year work permit to those who have lived in the UK for four years or more.
The protest organisers, “the Strangers Into Citizens Campaign”, estimate there are up to 500 thousand long-term illegal migrants in the country. Leading Roman Catholic prelate, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said they deserved to be treated “with justice and dignity”.
The government has voiced fears an amnesty would open the floodgates to illegal immigration on a scale the country could not stand. But EU nations like Germany and Spain have seen their economies improve after a naturalisation programme. If nothing else, studies show Britain loses close to one and half billion euros from income tax the migrants could but do not pay.