Statement

A wave of hatred is sweeping Britain, with migrants blamed for a range of social ills. But migrants have not run down our public services, it’s not them that failed to build enough houses our economy needs and they don’t cause a race to the bottom on wages or conditions. These are the results of political choices made by governments and corporations.

In fact, the free movement of people can build our collective power and creativity in the face of attempts of the super-rich to turn the world into a gigantic marketplace in which we are all isolated individuals competing against one another in a race that never ends. Fear and hate further drives this isolation and undermines our ability to cooperate. It allows the already rich and powerful who have done so much damage to our country to win.

We are therefore alarmed by the way more MPs are now also turning their fire power on immigration. While we cannot ignore the concerns of anyone struggling and feeling insecure in a country that still has huge but concentrated wealth, we cannot pander to anti-immigrant sentiment in a race we cannot win and should never want to.   A democracy must defend the most vulnerable in society – all of them. And we must provide the services and homes for people who come to this country who add to its economy and its culture.

Positive movements for change have always looked outwards, with humanity.

Caroline Lucas MP

David Lammy MP

Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary

Manuel Cortes, TSSA general secretary

Malia Bouattia, NUS national president

Rhea Wolfson, Labour Party NEC

Christine Shawcroft, Labour Party NEC

Ann Black, Labour Party NEC

Darren Williams, Labour Party NEC

Neal Lawson, Compass

Michael Chessum, Momentum

Hugh Lanning, Alliance for Free Movement

Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now

Luke Cooper and Zoe Gardner, Another Europe is Possible

Fizza Qureshi, Migrants Rights Network

Paul Mackney, former UCU general secretary

Kate Hudson, CND

Matt Carr, One Day Without Us

Andrew Burgin, Left Unity

Jenny Killin, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors committee chair

Suresh Grover, Monitoring Group

John Wight, Writer and journalist

Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives