UKIP: The Proposition Of Immigration

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Image taken from my visit to Afghanistan. This was a young girl walking home on the streets of Kabul. 2012.

During the general election policies, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) revealed that it would guarantee to get rid of inheritance tax, reduce immigration by 80%, permit employers to discriminate in favour of British workers and make sure foreigners have medical insurance among many other proposals.

Immigration will be reduced to 50,000, UKIP has said Immigrants willing to live in the UK will have to have skills, ‘an Australian-style system’ said UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Steven Woolfe, Ukips migration spokesman included that immigrant’s without ID would be turned away at the border and withdrawn from Dublin.

People who wish to migrate in Australia are all required to have skills in order to be accepted. They are asked questions about their skills and are then rewarded points. One must have at least 65 points to be granted with a visa and to be accepted. Hundreds of Afghan migrants come into the UK to be accepted, most of them, are almost always deported, as the War in Afghanistan is not a good enough reason for them to be accepted in Britain.

The new proposed law by UKIP has raised concerns amongst many Afghan Asylum seekers, especially those who are still waiting to hear the decision made for them.

Afghan Doctor, Dida Pighla, who has recently come to the UK, because of the dangers she faced in Afghanistan, as a female doctor, is very concerned. When asked about her views she said, “I want to speak on behalf of all Afghans escaping the dangers there. As an Afghan immigrant I know how difficult it is to live in fear. Taliban have and always will have some sort of control over Afghanistan. I don’t believe that they will ever be defeated. . . .

“My life is in danger in Afghanistan and there is nothing I can do to protect myself and my family. We are human. All humans have the right to live. And for us to be accepted in the UK will give me and my family a new life with hope.”

She then went on to say, “waiting to hear the decision made for me, to be allowed to stay or not has caused me stress. I no longer want to go back. I have lost everything.” Parwin Wafa, a head teacher for a girls school in Afghanistan has also escaped and taken refuge in the UK because of the threats she faced by the Taliban, for having opened a girls school. Her son was kidnapped and killed by her enemies. She said: “How could I go back to a country that has eaten my happiness? A country that has given me nothing but sorrow. I will happily leave Britain if I am guaranteed a better life in Afghanistan, if the UK can prevent my death . . .

 “I didn’t choose to come here for the fun or the luxurious life; I came here to be safe and protected from my enemies. If Britain sends me back what will I do? I do not want to live in a country where being a woman is considered a crime.”

There are claims that the reason behind the immigration proposal is because of the Afghan Sikh immigrants who were found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in August 2014, thirteen of whom were children aged between one and twelve One man was found dead and the others were taken to hospital to be treated for severe dehydration.

Mr Aker, one of the Eastern region’s UKIP MEPs said, “Thousands and thousands of migrants try and come to Britain in the legal and proper manner. We must not send a soft-touch message to the rest of the world that those who come here illegally will be allowed to stay. “Doing so simply encourages more people to risk their lives resulting in fatalities as we have recently seen and encourages people traffickers.”

People in Thurrock and right across the country are sick and tired of illegal immigrants coming here and being allowed to stay. “I’m absolutely certain that the best way to stop further such tragedies is to send a firm but fair message: that Britain is a place only those who play by the rules are welcome to come to, in a controlled and safe way. Illegal immigrants who attempt to smuggle themselves into our country should be returned to the first safe country.”

This raises the question of how the UK will deport Afghans who suffer so much in hopes to start a new life?

Here is a table of top ten nationalities, UK asylum applicants in 2013.

Country Number of applicants
Pakistan 3,343
Iran 2,417
Sri Lanka 1,808
Syria 1,669
Eritrea 1,377
Albania 1,326
Bangladesh 1,123
Afghanistan 1,040
India 965
Nigeria 915
All others 11,001
Total 23,507

Source: Home Office, Immigration Statistics Table as.01

Reference:

http://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/briefings/migration-uk-asylum

http://rt.com/uk/171260-immigration-policy-australia-farage/

http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/news/11434995.Illegal_immigrants_should_not_be_allowed_to_stay__says_

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/immigration-judges-afghanistan-is-not-in-a-state-of-war-1807637.html

http://www.iom.int/cms/afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani’s visit to China

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Image from http://www.scmp.com

President Ashraf Ghani and President Xi Jinping pledged a new long-term partnership with each other as Ashraf Ghani visited Beijing on October 28th.

 As Ashraf Ghani was welcomed to China, Xi Jinping addressed him as “an old friend of the Chinese people.” Announcing that China will be ready to work with Afghanistan leading the two countries relationship “to a new depth and breadth.”

Xi said he was prepared to work towards “a new era of cooperation in China- Afghanistan relations.”

Ashraf Ghani: China is a “strategic partner, in the short term, medium term and very long term.”

China is a highest investor in Afghanistan, with an estimate of $1 trillion substance of mineral resources, and has secured major oil and copper mining deals there. The visit on Tuesday initiated  four new agreements with $330 million in grants to Afghanistan over the next three years, and additionally agreed to provide professional training for 3,000 Afghans.

Ghani told Xi Jinping and the Chinese officials in Beijing that Afghanistan considers China as a “strategic partner, in the short term, medium term and very long term.”

The relationship of the two countries will be of great benefit to Afghanistan since the NATO combat troops will depart the country by December leaving Afghanistan’s military to stand on their own feet and battle Taliban rebels.

The Final day of Ashraf Ghani’s visit to China, Friday, corresponds with this years meeting of the Istanbul Ministerial Process which is a regional meeting on Afghanistan. China will be hosting the meeting.

Other countries participating will be Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Ashraf Ghani and participants will be discussing the Afghan political stability, and how the region will come together to support Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the troops in December.

Reference:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29803768

http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-ghani-visits-china-first-official-trip/2498852.html

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/28/uk-china-afghanistan-idUKKBN0IH1CU20141028

Troops final goodbye

UK and U.S troops finally leave Afghanistan after 13 years of camp at the Bastion base in Helmand.

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Image taken from Khaama Press

Thousand of soldiers landed on the soil of Afghanistan in pursuit to defeat the Taliban. This year, 2014, the troops handed over control to the Afghan militants with confidence that they have accomplished their mission.

Both camp Bastion and Letherneck, in the southwestern province of Helmand were left for the Afghan foces. US marine brigade commander in charge of logistics said, “We gave them the maps to the place. We gave them the keys.”

During the ceremony, two Afghan soldiers lowered the Union Flag over the base in Helmand province for the last time, while the national anthem was played.

Ashraf Ghani, the new president of Afghanistan, and his government will now be dealing with the Taliban on their own as all foreign troops will be withdrawing by the end of the year.

David Cameron tweeted: ‘ I made a commitment that I would get our armed forces out of Afghanistan by 2015 and today sees the end of combat operation in the country.’

‘We will always remember the courage of those who served in Afghanistan on our behalf and never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice.’

The decision to go to Afghanistan has Killed 2,210 US and 453 British soldiers since 2001. US military has left Afghanistan with trained Afghan military and a $230m of property and equipment.

General Sher Mohammad Karimi, chief of staff of the Afghan army, said the Taliban “will keep us busy for a while. We have to do more until we are fully successful and satisfied with the situation.”

 

Reference

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808622/British-troops-U-S-Marines-hand-military-bases-Afghan-military-13-years-invasion-launched-war-against-Taliban.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/last-british-soldiers-leave-afghanistan-its-just-a-relief-to-be-getting-out-of-there-9821620.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29784195

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11189479/Last-British-soldiers-leave-Camp-Bastion-as-war-in-Afghanistan-ends.html

Rula Ghani: To Change History As Afghanistan’s First Lady

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Image from http://www.themuslimtimes.org

Afghanistan, a country known for its poor treatment of women, sees their first lady as Ashraf Ghani is crowned the new president.

When Hamid Karzai was announced as the president of Afghanistan, the cameras were only on him. His wife, as the first lady was nowhere to be seen. Years went by, Karzai was elected once again as the leader but there was still no sight of the countries first lady.

This year, Ashraf Ghani was announced as the new president of Afghanistan, and he introduced the first lady to the world, he praised his wife in front of the cameras, as people all over the world watched. Ashraf Ghani said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank my partner and wife for her support to me and Afghanistan. She has always helped IDPs [internally displaced people], women and children and I am sure that she will continue to do so,”

“Women and youth will have a wide participation in my government.”

People took to social media networks and expressed their opinions on the speech that took the world’s attention. Ashraf Ghani gave his word to the women of Afghanistan, just as Karzai had, except this time it seemed more promising. Afghanistan could finally have a woman playing a leading part in the country’s social and political constitution.

The Afghan CEO of media empire Moby, “Dr Ghani thanks his wife Bibi Gul (Rula) for her support. For me one of the best part of his speech.”

Mujib Mashal, an Afghan journalist, tweeted: “Another big step in president @ashrafghani’s speech was taking the time to thank his wife Rula, by her adopted afghan name Bibi Gul.”

Harun Najafizada, the bureau chief for BBC’s Persian service in Afghanistan, said: “Rare moment! Love for wife: Ghani gets emotional when recalls his wife Bibi Gul’s support! Afghan men have to learn from it.”

Ashraf Ghani and wife Mrs Ghani, a Lebanese-American Christian, met at the American University, in Beirut during the 1970s as they both studied together.
Mr Karzai’s wife Zinat was labelled as ‘the invisible woman’, because she was never in the spot light or seen, whereas Mrs Ghani was introduced to the world on the first day of Ashraf Ghani’s power, this means she may take a more high profile role as she plans to work with women and young people.

Reference

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29375438

Afghanistan: The New Beginning

After the long, draining elections of Afghanistan, a decision was finally made; Ashraf Ghani a US-educated anthropologist won the hearts of his fellow Afghan citizens and was sworn as the new president of Afghanistan.

This was a first transfer of power in Afghanistan since the year 2001 when Hamid Karzai was chosen as the president. When Ghani was declared president he said, “I am no better than you” to an audience of 1,400 guests, including 200 foreign dignitaries at the presidential palace, Arg.

According to Wall Street Journal (wsj) Ashraf Ghani has written a manual on fixing failed states. As the new president of Afghanistan he has promised to bring change to the lives of people in Afghanistan. He said, “If I do something the proper way, support me. If I do something wrong, guide me,”

The elections took place twice because Abdullah Abdullah claimed fraud took place during the June elections and believed victory was stolen from him. The country had to go out and vote for the second time, both agreed candidates then agreed to the U.S. proposed power-sharing deal. Ashraf Ghani was announced as the President of Afghanistan and Abdullah Abdullah as the Prime minister.

Ashraf Ghani has marked that during his time as the president of Afghanistan he will aim to change Afghanistan and start a new beginning, operating to lead Afghanistan through the difficult transition as international militaries plan to withdraw soon.

“we need assistance from the international community.”

The deal to secure continuation of international military assistance to Afghanistan by 2014 was not signed by Hamid Karzai during his time in power but Ghani’s first step as the president of Afghanistan was to sign the agreement and he did this on the second day in power as he believes Afghanistan will need the help and security of the international forces to protect Afghanistan, he said, “we need assistance from the international community.”

Afghanistan, he said, “we need assistance from the international community.”

Reference:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29527544

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/219050-ashraf-ghani-and-afghanistans-future

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/09/afghanistan-inaugurate-new-president-ghani-201492915136473986.html