In the UK Immigration seems likely to become a major issue at the forthcoming election and afaik the (somewhat different) immigration issue is quite contentious in US politics too. The issue then spills over into questions of national identity, integration and multiculturalism Interestingly it is not automatically a left/right issue. My political views are mostly somewhere in the conservative-libertarian area. I am completely happy with anyone coming to the UK to work, provided they can adequately support themselves and their dependants. I think that those that seek to move across the globe to find work and better themselves will generally be the more motivated and able and will make a positive contribution to our economy. I'm less happy about anyone coming to the UK in the hope of taking advantage of our (non-contributory) benefits system (though this is a minority) and I think it reasonable to initially restrict access to some degree. But the problem is perhaps with the benefits rather than the immigrants. Offering Asylum to those in need is right and proper, but it should preferably be viewed as a temporary arrangement where possible. I'm pretty relaxed about issues of national identity. I am a Londoner (though after tomorrow I will no longer be living or working there ) . My parents met there having both moved from Ireland. It is hard to imagine that city without the babel of voices and the diversity of shops catering to people from all over the world. I don't feel this in any way take from the identity of the city or the country. We can't ignore that there are issues, though I note the that terrorist attacks in the last few years have been from second generation British Muslim and there are problems there that shouldn't be ignored even if inconvenient, but most of the time you meet people from Pakistan, from Poland, from wherever and they are just trying to get on, look after their kids just the same as I am. In short I think immigration of people seeking work is good for the country and I don't like the fact that so few politicians are currently willing to say anything positive.