Jersey does have a sort of immigration policy which seems to work well. It's based on the number of work licences a business has.
If you are a business with permanent staff, the number of permits for full time, and part time locally qualified to work residents is negotiated with the Regulation of Undertakings department.
Most at of the time there is a negotiation also for non qualified employees and seasonal workers where required. This means the business negotiates how many seasonal workers who are needed.
Also I think the seasonal workers for the Jersey Royal season work in groups, and work for a number of farms, which makes it more effective for everyone.
We also have a need for seasonal workers for the summer in the hospitality sector.
We couldn't manage without all these people coming to help us. All of the various nationalities who have stayed have enriched our island life.
Each nationality has a food fair every year, so during the summer there is always a food fair every few weeks. The polish food fair starts this weekend on Liberation Square.
The point is, seasonal workers go back home at the end of the season, they are on a contract to do so. Also the point of coming here is to earn good money to send home. If the pound is very low, unless they are doing the job for the love of coming to Jersey for a few months, they will probably seek work in the Eurozone, so they don't lose out on the exchange rate.
This is why I think the British government should protect the rights of seasonal workers coming to the UK. A lot of business depends on them.
I also think our economy in the UK depends on workers from other countries who have a great contribution to make.
Its not a good idea to complain about economic migrants, if you aren't prepared to do the very menial work many of these people do for society.
Our island depends on a good relationship between all the people who make their home here.
we have a little thing starting here and taking hold, it's called 'random acts of kindness'.
For instance someone noticed the wrong date on someone's parking disk that would land them with a fine. So they put their last disk up for that person with a note to the traffic warden saying they hoped it would be OK, and enough to cover the error.
Can we just get back to being polite, British, and not getting swept up in the venomous garbage the newspapers print. I actually blame the members of the press who report the news in such a way to make society become more hateful, and discriminatory to other people, who are after all, just like ourselves.
Yes the actions of some are politically motivated, but I wonder if this is just an excuse to become militant towards other people.
Why not get into the 'random acts of kindness' habit, and spread some love around.
Think good of people, before thinking bad of them.
We all need each other in this world.