In a case that exposes the ineffectiveness and ineptitude of Britain’s supposed immigration controls, it was reported yesterday in the Daily telegraph that an Iranian migrant had recently walked into a police station in the Greater Manchester area and demanded to be deported – because he’d ‘had enough’ of Manchester.
It appears that Arash Aria, 25, complained of his loneliness and disillusionment in the city and of the rudeness and “violence” he had experienced from the people of Manchester. He was described as “agitated and angry” as he told officers he wanted to leave after living illegally in the city for a decade.
However when officers from Manchester’s city centre police station contacted the Home Office to check Mr Aria’s status, they found that while he had entered the UK illegally, he had been granted indefinite leave to remain as he had been here so long.
Having arrested Mr Aria on suspicion of unlawfully entering Britain the police had no option but to release him and send him on his way.
Mr Aria told The Telegraph he had been left frustrated and disappointed by local people’s rudeness and his failure to find work.
“The people of Manchester have not been welcoming,” he said.
“It’s words, violence, many things. I try to ignore people but I’m fed up now.
“I don’t get the respect I should here.
“People are not friendly here in Manchester. When they are rude to me, I don’t like it.
“Particularly in the last year it’s got really bad,” said Mr Aria.
“I try to be friendly and polite. But they just laugh at me because I am foreign and look at me strangely.”
He added: “I am not working right now. I used to work as a waiter and a barman but now people won’t give me shifts – for no reason.
“It’s affecting my head, my dreams and the way I think.
“I am on benefits but I don’t want that. I am in full health, I want to work.
“Everyone wants to work, to have a dream but I can’t achieve my dreams here.
“I want to try and do something with my life. I want to get a good job, save money and do something big – be somebody. “
Mr Aria said he was in limbo after sending documents to the Home Office, while his Iranian passport had expired.
“I want to go back to my city Shiraz, in south-west Iran. My aunt and my family will look after me there because my mother will stay here in England,” he said.
“I am just waiting for my passport to come through and then I will book my flights and start my life out there.”
Detective Sergeant David Henshall, who was on duty at the time of the incident and publicised the incident on Twitter, said Mr Aria began “shouting and screaming” at the police front desk.
“I got a call from the staff downstairs at the front desk who said he was being aggressive and throwing his bike around so I went down to help.
“He was very angry and just kept saying how much he hated Manchester.
“He didn’t look drunk – I didn’t smell any alcohol on him – he just seemed very angry.
“We tried to ask him what the catalyst was but he just kept saying he had been here 10 years and he hated it.
“Maybe he just wanted a free flight home, I’m just not sure.
“He didn’t look like he was sleeping rough. He was wearing nice clothes and came in with this expensive mountain bike which he kept throwing on the floor.”
The sergeant added: “He was arrested for immigration offences because he did enter the country illegally but they backtracked and said there was nothing that could be done because he had been in the country so long.” Apparently, the police found this incident so strangely amusing, they decided to release details of the matter in a series of ‘Tweets’ on their official Twitter account!
Furthermore, a spokesman for the Iranian Embassy in London said Mr Aria would be offered consular assistance to return to Iran if he got in touch, and stated that he may even be able to secure financial help with transport costs.
So, what does all this tell us?
It would appear that approximately ten years ago, Mr Aria and his mother, and possibly other undisclosed members of his immediate family, entered the UK illegally, and having managed to stay in this country as long as they have, they have been granted indefinite leave to remain.
Clearly however, Mr Aria and his family were not fleeing persecution, or war, or poverty and yet when their illegal presence here in this country was discovered, they were simply allowed to stay, even though they have relatives back in Iran that could support them upon their return to that country.
We must therefore ask if it is the accepted procedure for immigration officers to automatically grant indefinite leave to remain without first investigating the possibility of returning illegal immigrants to their country of origin, and if so, we must ask why that is?
Furthermore, and in the event that this is not the accepted procedure, we must ask if there will be an enquiry into why the immigration officers involved in this case acted without authority and made no attempt to secure the return of the Arai family to Iran before granting them leave to remain?
The next issue concerns the illegal employment of Mr Aria and other family members during the period between their illegal entry into the UK and the date upon which they were granted leave to remain. During this period they will presumably not have been registered with the authorities, they will have had no National Insurance numbers and will not have been paying income tax. Were Her Majesties Revenue & Customs notified at the point that the Aria family were granted leave to remain so that any back taxes and fines for late payment could be collected? If not, why not?
What our authorities, including the police need to recognise is that when someone enters this country illegally, they are not simply trespassing, because if they stay illegally and attempt to make a life for themselves here, they are in effect stealing the benefits of British citizenship. An area of land can only support so many people and when a country is full to capacity, anyone additional who intrudes onto that land is in effect denying the benefits of life in that land to someone to whom it legitimately belongs.
If there was no unemployment in Britain and yet still a substantial number of unfilled employment vacancies, it could be argued that Britain is not yet full to capacity and that an illegal immigrant is fulfilling a useful function in coming to our country, but that is not the case. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in the Greater Manchester area, there are currently some 98,300 people unemployed.
If there was no homelessness in Britain and yet still a substantial number of homes laying empty, it could be argued that Britain is not yet full to capacity and that there is room to accommodate migrants, but that is not the case. Housing charities report that there are on the waiting list for social housing in the Greater Manchester area over 120,000 people, and there are over 100 people sleeping rough in the city centre every night.
Furthermore, if there was substantial overcapacity with regard to healthcare services, social services and education services, again, it could be argued migrants can be accommodated without loss to the indigenous people, but there is massive under-capacity, long waiting lists and long waiting times. Clearly therefore, illegal immigrants entering this country are denying the rights of access to the necessities of life for the indigenous British and this iniquity must stop!
It is all very well for immigration officers, social services and the police to dole out largesse at taxpayer’s expense and regard this matter as rather amusing, ‘Ho, ho, ho, I thought this was funny, so I put it on Twitter!’, but I don’t think the people sleeping rough in Manchester city centre will find it so amusing that the likes of Arash Aria are occupying city centre flats at public expense while they are shivering in the frost and snow this winter.
Arash Aria has complained that we British are ‘rude’ and don’t show him the ‘respect’ he feels he deserves, but what has he done to earn our respect?
So yes, you go back to Iran, Mr Aria, life there doesn’t look so bad, and hopefully, many more of your compatriots will follow you!