Located in the north-western area of England, Manchester has a long history of immigration. Much of its old population dates back to the primitive times, when many outsiders settled here during the Norman invasion. Today, Manchester has turned into one of the biggest cities of the UK. It is a major center of education, industrial and commercial activities. Naturally, many immigrants are interested in settling in the city and benefiting from its ever-growing job sector. Read on to know about the actual truth of the immigration scenario of the city and why immigrants are coming to Manchester.
Rise in immigrants from old EU nations
Dr Rob Ford, academic of Manchester University and immigration expert, has reported that most of immigrants coming to the city were arriving from Spain and other old nations of the European Union (EU) instead of Eastern European countries. The number of immigrants from the latter nations has reduced. According to him, many younger Spanish individuals are coming to the place in search of employment.
Fall in the number of emigrants
The rise in immigrant population could also be attributed to the fall in the number of emigrants in Manchester. According to Ford, the desire of people wanting to stay back in the place is a good thing and shows the growth and the availability of better prospects in the city. In 2015, Manchester has been voted as the topmost livable city in the UK.
Growth in education and employment opportunities
The development in education and business sectors and the availability of more opportunities is another reason for the influx of immigrants. Studies have shown that migration for work and study are the biggest form the major part of immigration population while migration for asylum and refuge seeking is only a small part. In the middle of the city, a big shanty town has been set up for homeless individuals. Makeshift tents with waterproof sheets and temporary washing lines have been set up by the Manchester City Council around famous hotels, Piccadilly railway station, University of Manchester and various other spots in order to provide temporary accommodation to immigrants.
The economic recession, which has been continuing since 2008, has also led to many people coming to the city in search of work. While many enter the city with legal permits, there are even those without any valid documents. James Brokenshire, immigration minister of Manchester, is cracking down heavily on illegal immigrants and has clearly stated that trespassers should not get daily services and benefits like lawful entrants who have legal contributions to the place. However, some illegal immigrants are being deported regularly while many are asked to report to the Home Office regularly. Manchester is not friendly to illegal immigrants any more, with unlawful migration becoming a major problem for the place.