Bristol is aiming to become only the second 'City of Sanctuary' in the UK.
If successful, it would join Sheffield as having a reputation of good support for asylum seekers and refugees.
Faith and community groups and charities are working towards attaining the status in the New Year.
Bristol already has a very high level of asylum seekers and refugees - if you take a walk through Lawrence Hill or Easton as an indigenous citizen of the UK (of any colour) you're definitely in the minority.
The obvious things that are glossed over in this article are 1) the cost, especially to Bristol's taxpayers and 2) the projected increase in asylum seekers/refuges as a direct result of promoting the city as welcoming them.
The only mention of any cost at all is the rather laughable quote from the Lib Dem councillor:
Lawrence Hill Liberal Democrat councillor Sue O'Donnell said: "If the investment is targeted correctly
What investment? Paid for by whom? Agreed by whom? And spent on what? I can't fucking believe this could be agreed to by the council when the details are so woolly (read: don't exist)
and we take guidance from the professionals
Who might they be? A charity that helps asylum seekers? Because of course they'll be so fucking impartial, won't they?
then we can get real tangible benefits for everyone in the community out of this."
What the fuck? Benefits? I don't suppose you'd care to list them, would you? As far as I'm aware, asylum seekers and refugees aren't allowed to work (and therefore contribute to society) by law, not that this really makes an awful lot of difference since (taking the example of Somlians) the women are forbidden to work by their husbands, who themselves have no intention of working anyway, preferring to stand on street corners chewing khat all day. Oh, but don't tell me, "multiculturalism" is all the benefit we need, right?
It's already hard enough to get onto the council housing list, there is a real shortage especially in Bristol.
Just wait until this dire economic situation really bites. Wait until the indigenous population can't get social housing because half of Mogadishu have been told how welcome they are here. This is going to do fucking wonders for the BNP's vote share here. You fucking cretins.
City of sanctuary? City of fucking hand-wringers more like.
I'd love to see how many supporters would still support it if they housed the refugees and asylum seekers in Redland/Bishopston/Cotham/Southville/Clifton rather than Easton/Lawrence Hill/St Pauls.