The agreement with Pakistan poses a national danger to Greece, experts say, as evidenced by the experience of the UK.
In the distant 1950s of the last century, a mass migration from Pakistan began to the UK, which lasted 10 years. It was justified in those years – it was necessary to fill the textile industry with workers, there was a catastrophic shortage of workers, for example, in factories in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Until the passage of the fateful Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962, the bulk of Pakistani migrants were economically active men. However, the “coupon system” introduced by the British government made it possible for their relatives and friends to get a job. The 1962 law was decisive for the formation of the immigration model – the Pakistanis brought their large families. To understand what happened in just five or six years, it is worth paying attention to the number of immigrants from Pakistan living in the UK and increasing significantly every year:
1951 – 5,000 Pakistanis lived in the UK; 1961 – 24,900; 1971 – 119,000; 1981 – 296,000; 1991 – 477,000; 2001 – 747,000; 2011 – 1,175,000 people.
Undoubtedly, immigrants from Pakistan readily filled the jobs that the British squeamishly refused. Arriving in the country after the war, they worked in textile factories in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Manchester and Bradford. Large numbers of Pakistani workers worked in car factories in the West Midlands and Birmingham.
Additional restrictions were introduced in the UK only by the Immigration Act of 1971, when the number of Pakistani migrants reached, according to official figures, almost 120,000 people. Pakistanis are currently the second or third largest ethnic minority in the UK.
Why is Athens’ agreement with Islamabad dangerous for Greece? After all, at first glance, everything is logical. Notis Mitarakis, Minister of Immigration and Asylum of Greece, held talks in Pakistan with the country’s political leadership. Parties signed a memorandum of cooperationto stop the flow of illegal immigrants from Pakistan and provide Greece with human resources through legal immigration channels and tough immigration policies. But the coverage of the details of the agreement by the two countries differs somewhat.
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It should not be forgotten that Pakistan is a close ally of Turkey. Understanding the desire of Greece to develop agriculture without using expensive new technologies, you still involuntarily ask yourself questions:
“Why should the labor force necessary for the economy of our country (if it is really needed) come from Pakistan, a close associate of Turkey? Does anyone believe that a Pakistani who arrived, according to the memorandum, for 9 months, will obediently go back to his homeland after this period? “.
Of course he won’t come home. And another important question: what will happen to illegal immigrants who are already in Greece? So far, the answer to it is hushed up, but the Pakistanis vehemently welcome the results of the talks. It turns out that Greece quite legally “cultivates” Pakistani community to the detriment of the Greeks. After all, it becomes clear to everyone that in 10-20 years, or even less, the number of Muslim children in Greek schools will become prevalent. Isn’t it worth it to study the sad experience of the UK in more depth and draw conclusions, the publication asks newsbreak.gr?
Reference. Commonwealth Immigration Act 1962.
The Act states that all Commonwealth citizens, including British and Colonial Citizens (CUKCs), without a proper connection to the UK, are subject to immigration control. Commonwealth citizens who were born in the UK or held a passport issued by its government in the UK or Ireland, CUKC citizens holding a passport issued by the British government (not including colonial governments) anywhere, and family members listed on their passports were inviolable from – under control. Exceptions applied to Commonwealth citizens who were ordinarily resident in the UK at any time between 1960 and 1962, and to wives and children under 16 accompanying a UK resident family member. Prior to the legislation, citizens of Commonwealth countries had broad rights to migrate to the UK. The law came into force on July 1, 1962. It was amended by the Commonwealth Immigrants Act of 1968 and then replaced by another, the Immigration Act of 1971, which went into effect in 1971. (Wikipedia).