Immigration has become a very big issue for a lot of countries around the world in recent years and the problem still seems to be growing. There are a whole variety of reasons why people try and enter a new country and seek permanent residency. These reasons include fleeing from a war-torn place, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, escaping danger if they fear for their life, or people may simply feel they can have a better life and more money if they can change countries.
Wikipedia states that "of the present 200 million immigrants around the world nearly 70.6 million are in Europe, followed by North America, with over 45.1 million immigrants, and Asia, with nearly 25.3 million."
This certainly highlights the problem European countries, in particular the UK and France, have with immigration. Many natives of the country do not agree with their governments recent immigration policies as they believe a lot of the foreign immigrants are stealing their jobs and living off the state benefit system which was not designed for them. In the UK a political party called The British National Party (BNP) have been gaining in popularity due to their no tolerance policy on immigration and for non-British people to reside in the UK. Their slogan of 'British jobs for British people' has gained both support and a lot of opposition from competing parties who accuse the BNP of having racist policies.