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Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/20...ising-campaign

Large adverts carrying the warning "Go home or face arrest" are being driven around six London boroughs this week in a new Home Office pilot scheme to encourage illegal migrants to leave Britain.
The advertising vans will also show residents how many illegal migrants have recently been arrested in their local area and carry a text number for overstayers to use to arrange their return home.
The adverts say: "In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest. Text HOME to 78070 for free advice, and help with travel documents. We can help you to return home voluntarily without fear of arrest or detention."
The campaign is to be backed up by leaflets, posters and messages in local newspapers. The six boroughs being targeted are Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham, Ealing, Barnet, Brent and Redbridge.
They were chosen because they have either significantly higher or below average numbers of voluntary returns, so that the success of the pilot scheme can be assessed.
More than 28,000 illegal migrants went home voluntarily last year. The immigration minister, Mark Harper, said: "We are making it more difficult for people to live and work in the UK illegally. But there is an alternative to being led away in handcuffs. Help and advice can be provided to those who co-operate and return home voluntarily."
He said the pilot scheme was part of a package of immigration reforms being introduced this year, including restricting migrants' access to benefits and services.
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To be honest, I don't think placing adverts will work, just another example of the government wasting people's money.
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I can imagine this causing more grief for legal immigrants than the "aliens". There's something unsettling about this whole thing, it's definitely surprising that's it's being authorised by the government.
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I can imagine this causing more grief for legal immigrants than the "aliens". There's something unsettling about this whole thing, it's definitely surprising that's it's being authorised by the government.
Exactly, it's stupid. Everyone in this country who is here illegally is well aware of their illegal status. No stupid advert will make a single one say "Geez-I wasn't going to go home earlier, but I guess I will now."


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Exactly, it's stupid. Everyone in this country who is here illegally is well aware of their illegal status. No stupid advert will make a single one say "Geez-I wasn't going to go home earlier, but I guess I will now."


Dunno, some people clearly get scared into paying for a TV license by the letters sent to them else they wouldn't bother sending them. It's making it visible that illegal immigrants haven't been forgotten and hence the implication that they might get caught and punished later on. Though of course there's the argument that we can't really punish illegal immigrants past sending them back home which is what they're being asked to do voluntarily anyway.
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Well thy are illegal immigrants... There's nothing morally wrong with the ad, but I don't think it's going to be very effective, it'll probably be a waste of money.
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nothing less than straightforward intimidation
Won't somebody think of the illegal immigrants. Seriously, why are people focusing on the dumbest aspects, like this:

Teather, who accused ministers of "cranking up the anti-migrant rhetoric", is MP for Brent Central, in one of six London boroughs where the week-long pilot scheme to encourage illegal migrants to leave Britain is taking place this week.
You'd think that 'migrants' are some sort of ethnicity or religion or culture the why they're trying to make them seem like 1930s German Jews.

So stupid for this Lib Dem minister to bring up all migrants when this is clearly targeting illegal migrants. What next? Anti-porn filters are racist because of BBC (big black ****) porn?
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