I met some asylum seekers in Bury late last year. One I spoke to whom had fled one of the former Soviet states had been here three years with her young daughter. Her asyluim application has still not been resolved. She is not allowed to work, must wait in one day a week for Immigration to call and must report to Immigration in Salford every month when she may be advised of imminent deportation. She has learned English (speaks fluently) and has good skills, but cannot work. Her daughter is to all intents and purposes English having lived here the majority of her short life. Her friends are English, her whole frame of reference is English.
The whole debate over asylum and immigration has become stifling xenophobic and is fuelled by ignorance.