Cameron’s immigration hierarchy: Indians good, eastern Europeans bad

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I would have headed this ‘rich Indians’ good, because of course the point is not that all Indians will suddenly be welcomed to Britain with open arms, but I don’t get to decide about the headlines!

In The End of Tolerance, Arun Kundnani argues that the ability to integrate in today’s Britain is based less on how you look and more on whether or not you are deemed culturally compatible. This may seem like progress but the sliding scale along which humanity is now organised is not unlike the racial hierarchies of old; it’s just less colour-coded. So, an English-educated Indian professional may be more acceptable than a white, jobless Bulgarian or Romanian. This is exactly on point as we witness David Cameron’s rush to India, a country whose economic rise he described as “one of the great phenomena of the century”. Read more on The Guardian website


  • Stefan Stefanov

    February 22, 2013

    I am just forwarding my comment for Guardian:
    After reading Alana Lentin article “Cameron’s immigration hierarchy: Indians good, eastern Europeans bad”, the IRONY cannot escape me.

    1. Wikipedia (or any other encyclopedia for that matter) about Gypsies:
    “The Romani are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who have been traced genetically to a group migrating from the northwestern Indian Subcontinent about 1500 years ago.” etc.

    2. “The fear that Eastern European Roma would come to Britain solely to benefit from the country’s welfare system prompted the UK government to restrict access to social benefits to all EU citizens.” … just google the source.

    3. Ms Lentin writes: “Only when we decouple immigration from race will the arbitrariness of the ranking of populations according to profitability become apparent and racial generalisations – positive or negative – be shown up for the poverty of the ideas that lie beneath them.”

    1+2+3: But we are not decoupling race from immigration yet, do we?
    In that case my question is:

    Why should Mr Cameron refuse to include to the group of the Good the Indians that started their migration 1500 years earlier and finally are arriving to Britain shores? They maybe called “Eastern-European Roma” but seems genetically and linguistically they are Indians. Just tell him to ban the white Bulgarians and Romanians. Could this be win-win? For Britain, EE and India?

    Stefan Stefanov

  • Stefan Stefanov

    February 22, 2013

    … and please attach a smiley after my last question mark.

    Thanks ,
    Stefan Stefanov

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