Ignore the factless, xenophobic voices. Immigration is vital for the UK. Millions of lives depend on it.

First published in February 2020.

When I was 16 I wanted to be a nurse.

I worked weekends in a care home to gain experience while I did my A levels.

I ended up working in a challenging behaviour unit in a learning disabilities hospital. I loved it. I worked with people from across the world.

I did my A levels and took a year off to gain more experience.

I cared for offenders. I cared for people on psychiatric holds. I learnt so much. I went on to do my nursing qualification at Leeds University. I learnt more and qualified.

I worked in A&E, dealing with mental health patients. I loved my work and the difference I made.

I left nursing after a while but I still worked the odd shift to keep up my registration. I worked again in care homes.


I cared for your parents, your grandparents.

Not bad for an immigrant from Donegal. I know that the Irish have an exception in the new immigration laws. We earnt that.

But the point still stands.

Immigration is vital. The UK cannot function without it.

I wouldn’t have met the threshold. How much value do you put on your loved ones care? One immigrant? 2, or 10, or 100?

Immigration is vital. Lives depend on it.🔷

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 21 February 2020, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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