Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Immigrant song

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 02 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2083
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

My family landed in a closed rural Scottish community in the 1970s, in Afghan coat and beads, something truly alien, the first of the English “white settlers.” I know something of immigration, something of the hostility and mistrust it generates. Humanity has two equal but opposite forces—to strive to conform and to strive to be different. So the outsider is to be feared and welcomed in equal measure.

Immigration is again rising up the political agenda. The truth is that immigration does put pressure …

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