I agree £40 isn’t a lot, but multiply that by 27,000, then have accommodation costs (some in hotels), then maybe a requirement for health or social/legal services it will add up as a cost to the tax payer. If they are not genuine we have been paying out for someone, (who has no right to be here’s) expenses.
This is why a better system needs to be put in place, so that genuine applicants are considered/accepted and those entering illegally are not able to automatically access such services or funds.
I don’t believe the majority want handouts, they just think they can earn vast sums of money here, put their kids through school, help relatives back home and the taxpayer/government will ensure they won’t end up on the streets, or be ill without healthcare should it not work out. You cannot blame someone wanting a better life, but that isn’t what the asylum process is for.
Why is opening the doors to economic migrants a problem?
It’s not primarily down to taking jobs that British citizens could do, in some cases it maybe they do jobs we need so I don’t think that argument is too strong.
Firstly we are a highly populated country, more densely populated than France, Germany and Italy. There is already pressure on available housing in this country and pressure on maintaining green belt and green spaces. Our roads, particularly around the south are getting more and more congested and we are struggling with pollution levels. We are not building enough housing for people who are already here. 65,000 people are apparently in the asylum system. That is more than the population of Welwyn Garden City. 27,000 of those have arrived this year, that is over double the population of Britain’s Happiest town of Hexham. Where do we put a new small town’s worth of people every year?
Where are we going to build a new town, with doctors surgeries, Dentists, hospitals and transport links?
Who is going to pay for it, are we happy for more of the country to be disappear under concrete and tarmac to accept an increasing population?
Secondly local services come under increased pressure. Kent Council was coming under extreme pressure a few months ago. A family of four will have a requirement for housing, schooling for the children, perhaps health requirements, income support. Perhaps only one person in the family will be working. The draw from the the public purse could easily be more than they are paying into the system in tax, especially if they are a low earner.
Not everyone is going to be a medical professional earning large amounts and paying more into the system than they are taking out.
We just don’t have the infrastructure or the services to let everyone in that wants to just to have a better quality of life.