Tuesday, 7 April 2009

MPs meet SiC paddles at Westminster tube

MPs arriving at Parliament at Westminster tube over the next month have a daily reminder of the Strangers into Citizens campaign in the shape of bright orange “paddles” at the ticket barriers.

The paddles, advertising the Strangers into Citizens logo, will remain in place until the campaign’s historic gathering in Trafalgar Square on 4 May.

Strangers into Citizens is calling for an “earned amnesty” for some 450,000 of the nation’s estimated 750,000 undocumented migrants. The campaign is calling for the regularization of the status of those who have put down roots in the UK, have lived in the country for many years, and whom the Government admits cannot be forcibly removed.

Where regularization is combined with border enforcement, as in Spain in 2005, levels of “illegal immigration” have dropped.

The Strangers into Citizens campaign, which was begun by members of London Citizens following a call in 2006 by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is organizing the largest pro-migrants rally in UK history on 4 May following a series of simultaneous services at Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Methodist Central Hall.

The thousands arriving at Westminster tube that day for the services or for the rally at Trafalgar Square will be greeted by the paddles.


  1. A vey very bright idea. The greetings will roll open the carpet smoothly in the run to the rally and make all members of parliament aware of the May 4th (in case some have forgotten). Perhaps providing leaflets (available by the paddles)giving a brief information about a "Path To Citizenship" would also be useful too. Thanks and looking forward to the rally.

  2. Walter Semwayo9 April 2009 at 11:18

    This a brilliant idea, whoever thought of this must be given the thumds up. This will make it easier for those approching thier MPs because they will already know about the campaign.I will definately be at the rally, surely this regularisation is the best thing to do.

  3. Please check out this article which is a summary of a Immigration Think Tank's report in the US on the issue of immigration reform which is going to happen there.
    This is the link:

    Thank you

  4. thankd for the link!good weekend reading!

  5. so called somali failled asylum5 May 2009 at 13:17

    comapred to the last years this is little move to farward,i say thanks to the orgnanisation who have condcted to this wonderfull job. i am one of somalis who have been suffuring for this setuation and living hopeless what so caled illigal immigirant and i cant exprese few words what i have encountered in uk however the queston is, what government will do?