C. OF E. HOPES TO RIVAL NIGERIAN CHURCH’S NUMBERS BY INVITING THEM ALL TO LIVE IN ENGLAND

From THE TIMES:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, risked conflict with the new Government when he criticised opponents of immigration. He also challenged the view of his predecessor that migration “threatens” British identity.

Speaking in a lecture in London sponsored by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, he said: “The vocal anxieties we hear from some quarters about the survival of British identity in the face of migrants and refugees betrays a lack of proper confidence in the capacity and the commitment of our society both to learn and to teach. It suggests a confusion about what matters to us and why. Migrants should be regarded as a gift rather than a threat because the stranger helps us see who we are."

The Government is pledged to set annual limits on non-EU migration.

COMMENT: Well, I'm normally against unfettered immigration but if it's guaranteed that they will help the Grand Tufti see who he's become, it might be worth it.

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C. OF E. HOPES TO RIVAL NIGERIAN CHURCH’S NUMBERS BY INVITING THEM ALL TO LIVE IN ENGLAND — 4 Comments

  1. “…normally I’m against unfettered immigration…”

    Its not “unfettered” Mad One. The Tufti is commending a certain type of migrant: “The stranger”. So you have nothing to fear. Not while the Tufti influences policy.

  2. In both the case of England and the US, I think it is important to note two things. One is that nations do have a reasonable right to control their boundaries. The other is that it is precisely to become English, to become American that people emigrate to those countries. By not welcoming them, by treating them as merely cheap labor, we isolate them and deny the ability of our cultures to co-opt them.

    I guess I more or less agree with his prejudiced grace.

    FWIW
    jimB

  3. Note his target audience: “Council for assisting refugee academics”.

    Translated, this means:
    1. Developing world brain drain, providing…
    2. cheaper highly skilled labor for the sci/tech/engineering (STE) fields, resulting in….
    3. a larger percentage of British-born youth choosing to bypass STE careers, since the ratio of effort/money/time investment to eventual pay may not seem worth it.

    At least that’s how it is working out in the US.

    The US and UK benefited greatly from the 1930s STE emigrants from Nazi Germany. The German university system lost its world pre-eminence in many STE and medical fields, and never caught up to the new kid on the block (U.S.A.) and the old hand (U.K.).

    Brain drain is a serious problem for smaller developing countries, whether the cause is the countries’ persecution of the intellectual classes, or lack of necessary in-country infrastructure to make any headway in developing higher education and research, or merely the desire to live in a wealthy country.