however this may change as we recently began a working holiday visa scheme with Poland.
there we go.. the answer to the UK's immigration problems. Ship all the Poles to NZ on a one-way ticket! :)
They'll fit in fine... along with the Brits, the South Africans, the Indians, the Chinese, and apparently now lots of Burmese. Nothing like variety... :-)
Yes there are a lot of mixed friendships and relationships going on, but the crucial thing I notice where I live (Brighton) and work (Crawley) is the numbers of different groups of people who don't seem to get involved with people from another race/culture. I can walk around Crawley on a typical lunchtime and you see so many different races of people, but in the main they're not mixing and are just sticking with their own.
It's asians in groups of other asians, black people in groups of other black people and white english people in groups of other white english people etc.
Unfortunately while there are a lot, there isn't enough... From my own casual observations here in London, most people have 90% their own race, 10% (or less) from others. Considering the ethnic makeup in London, that means an awful lot are sticking to their own kind.
Did you know that in Bradford alone there are circa. 20,000 arranged marriages (partners coming from overseas) that's another 20,000 people a year arriving in Bradford every year..do you seriously think that we can continue on such a scale? Anyway my mate emmigrates to NZ in a few weeks so there's another foreigner to add to NZ :)
One of the things I do find interesting about the Daily Mail's website, is many complaining are immigrants themselves.. Often writing 'Stop Immigration' Joe Bloggs Ex-Pat. Somehow I find that hypocritical. For instance last year 53,000 Brits moved to New Zealand; 7,000 Kiwis moved to the UK. I understand that the UK has a finite amount of space, however from my own experience Poles generally come to the UK, do their best (mostly) to learn English, work hard, earn money and either settle or leave. Some other ethnic groups come here, don't bother to learn English, claim refugee status or some other category, and get benefits and council house. Simple question; which immigrant do you choose - the hard working one or the lazy bum? Now here's the second question, which immigrant suffers the media bashing? No, not the obvious one, but instead the hard working immigrant. Why? Because he's white. If you bash the lazy bum, the PC brigade are going to call you racist.