Is immigration good for Britain?

Hello everyone, I'm Cathrine Holten and I am from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Today I'm going to talk about immigration and I'm going to start with a simple question for you all, do you think immigration is good for Britain?

A good question indeed. Immigration can benefit in many ways, but it can also be a burden to the society which I will get more into later.

I know that a lot of immigrants find it hard to adapt to the society because of the religious differences. This is a very difficult matter of fact and as an example, we can look at the current debate on handshakes in Denmark.

Now, you're probably wondering, why take Denmark as an example? Well, I am originally from Denmark and most of my family lives there so I follow the news and stay updated on what's going on back home.

The whole deal is about a Muslim woman who denied shaking hands with a male when she was ending a job interview.

This act ended up costing her the job and now politicians want to make a handshake a part of the process of getting a Danish citizenship since it's a basic Danish thing to shake hands.

But by doing this it strives against the religious freedom that Danes have and have thereby created quite the debate. Handshakes are a basic thing that Danes do all of the time, it's a token of mutual respect and it can say a lot about you as a person.

Don't you think it's ridiculous that you can lose your citizenship because of your religion? I think it is so wrong that you can't call yourself a Danish or British citizen just because you practice a religion where it's not common for men and women to shake hands.

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