The question of asylum seekers and Immigration is the burning issue not just in the UK but here in Australia and many other countries globally. It surely cannot be considered racism to weigh the fact that the influx of other cultures into another is bound, in time to lead to a clash of cultures and cause resentment , even leading to civil unrest? I was always led to believe that under international convention and law, the whole question of asylum seekers was addressed in terms of those seeking legitimate political asylum whilst fleeing political persecution. There is, as far as I am aware, no recognized legitimate status for an economic refugee. Furthermore, the situation relating to immigration should not be driven by the desire or needs of those seeking to move from one country to another for economic reasons, the power house of government policy should be to pitch immigration on balanced and reasoned considerations such as the ability to speak the language and to assimilate, further consideration ought to be given to the impact on the existing population if an inbalance is created culturally and the ramifications of this inbalance. The time has arrived for a sensible debate to be conducted before the vaccunm created by politicians refusing to debate the topic or formulate sesnible policy is filled by the extremists out there. What do others think?