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Received: 14/5/2002 Accepted: 31/7/2002 Published: 31/8/2002
To enable integration to take place and to value the diversity it brings, we need to be secure within our sense of belonging and identity and therefore to be able to reach out and to embrace those who come to the UK [...] Having a clear, workable and robust nationality and asylum system is the pre-requisite to building the security and trust that is needed. Without it, we cannot defeat those who would seek to stir up hate, intolerance and prejudice (Home Office, 2002: 1).
I have to condemn these terrorist attacks louder than other citizens, as anything less disguises hidden support for the murder of innocent civilians, These civilians are the only ones I'm allowed to grieve for. I cannot oppose the bombing of Afghanistan, as this amounts to treason, because 'our troops' are out there. I cannot condemn the killing of Palestinian civilians, as this means support for Hamas and Hizbullah. I cannot oppose the sanctions on Iraq as this implicates me in the development of weapons of mass destruction. In fact, I cannot support any cause involving Muslims around the world as this betrays loyalty to Queen and country.
I think the fact there was a Labour government which said they were going to sit down and talk to people, consult them, and sort of work with organisations to make sure that there was a thorough review of the entire immigration system and asylum system, made certain organisations believe that, believe that the government would actually do that and listen to them, because for the previous 18 years, these organisations had the experience of complete stonewalling from the government...but there was a sham of a consultation. The organisations made submissions in terms of the concerns they were raising about the Bill and so on. Those were not taken into account and when the bill became an act there was hardly any element of the concerns raised by many refugee organisation taken into account, hardly any of them (Interview, 8th November 2000).
'obviously people don't want to cut off and say, you know, "we don't want to be in that dialogue" because that would be foolish' (Ibid.).
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