Swan Dive

Burkeman, Oliver
February 2004
New Republic;2/23/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 6, p12
This article looks at the fear being raised in Great Britain over the flood of eastern European immigrants seeking political asylum there.Then there was the newspaper, Sun story that claimed that Eastern European immigrants, entering Britain to seek political asylum, were stealing the swans that famously populate London's parks, then killing and barbecuing them. Britain is in the grip of a full-fledged panic: In polls, a perceived tide of asylum-seekers regularly competes with Iraq, education, and health care as the issue troubling Britons the most. As in most panics, the facts here hardly justify the fear.


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