Awaab Ishak 2 years old In Memoriam

Awaab Ishak. 2 years old. In Memoriam.

Let me state openly: I am pro immigrant. I am pro refugee. I have precisely the same view of immigrants as I do of the Royal Family. The Royal Family brings substantially more economic benefit – than the simple cost of the Sovereign Grant, and royal expenses, which sum to approximately 100 million pounds.  Even though it is difficult to quantify, as dispersed across the country (and often secondary reasons are cited for visiting Britain) yet it is fairly clear that Royal related benefits from tourism, are substantially more than £100m.

The financial assessment of cultural and international diplomatic benefits that the Royals confer upon us, is also difficult to quantify – yet as we saw with the funeral of our late Queen, they are considered to be very high indeed. I do not begrudge the Royal Family £100 million. Few other nations on earth monetize history the way we do.

Similarly, the economic benefits from immigration, including illegal immigration, are substantially more than the state-approved benefits that these immigrants receive. It is well documented, that the average duration of benefit receipt for an economic migrant, is on average, shorter than that of a native recipient. As many of these economic migrants are young men, they then go on to contribute to the Exchequer, for many years, if not decades. They are net contributors, not debtors. Their integration into British life benefits the United Kingdom enormously. I myself am the child of an immigrant, and spent 13 years serving with the British Army Reserve, of which I am immensely proud. My stepfather was a doctor, and spent his entire professional career working for the NHS. Economic migrants come for what are often considered selfish financial reasons – yet their contribution has helped what otherwise could likely have been a population decline, amongst native-born Britons. Our GDP growth rate would be lower, without the benefits of economic migration.

Those who oppose economic migration should perhaps take a step back and think how much we, as a nation, are what we are, from the cultural integration that we gladly take advantage of. Not least resulting in three of the four great offices of State in UK Government, being occupied by the children of immigrants. It is a record of integration of which we should only be proud. I would implore critics to never, ever, conflate economic immigration, with which they may disapprove, and those accorded rightly and justly, the status of refugee – the rights of whom we should never diminish.

Awaab Ishak – a beautiful 2 year old toddler, died because of the differential care provided to his family, as immigrants. People who cross the world, often at great danger to contribute to our country, should not have to die because of the mould scattered throughout their lungs due to poor housing. They deserve better. We should be better.

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Author: Damian Merciar

Damian Merciar is Managing Director of Merciar Business Consulting,, a niche business economics consultancy founded in 1998. He has over twenty years experience in the areas of commercial Business Strategy. He is experienced in the transition environments of nationalized to private sector state utilities and the senior practice of commercial management, advisorial consultancy, and implementation. He has carried out policy advisory work for government ministries and been an adviser to institutional bodies proposing changes to government. He holds an MSc Economics from the University of Surrey’s leading Economics department and an MBA from the University of Kent. Also attending the leading University in the Middle East, studying International Relations and Language, for which he won a competitive international scholarship, and has a BA (Hons) in Economic History and Political Economy from the University of Portsmouth. He is currently based in London.

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