Tuesday 6 December 2016

Immigration: the debate that dare not speak its name

Published 08/01/2014 | 02:30

A man carrying a bag adorned with the colours of Britain's Union Jack flag steps into a bus departing from Sofia's central bus station to London
A man carrying a bag adorned with the colours of Britain's Union Jack flag steps into a bus departing from Sofia's central bus station to London

FOR a people that reputedly love to talk, it's extraordinary how little we consider and debate some of the issues that profoundly shape our nation.

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For better or worse, we almost sleepwalked into the eurozone. Our long policy of neutrality is utterly unquestioned despite the obvious ethical issues it raises. And nobody, or virtually nobody, even thought to shout stop during the Celtic Tiger boom/bubble.

Immigration, unfortunately, also falls into that category. Across Europe -- but particularly in Britain, the Netherlands and Germany -- a massive debate is currently taking place about the lifting of restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians accessing the EU labour market.

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