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In this White Paper the Government seriously attempts to address the nature of British society within the context of the realities of a twenty-first century world. This is a world shaped by modern technology, a globalising economy, and post-Cold War politics which are characterised by widening disparities in wealth, and increasing breakdown of security and state protection in under-developed nations. All these factors are creating a huge movement of people around the world. Some aspects of the Government’s analysis are to be applauded. In particular, we welcome the recognition that migration for economic reasons is understandable and valid; that the UK can benefit from immigration; that the UK must open up more routes for legal entry to the UK for both migrants and refugees; and that those fleeing persecution must be welcomed and protected.

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