A campaign group is making a case for immigration in the UK, saying it is „gravely concerned” by politicians’ rhetoric on the issue.
The Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP are all proposing tighter border controls, with a recent poll suggesting immigration was the third most important election issue behind only the NHS and the economy.
It has proven a catalyst for a wider debate about Britain’s place within the European Union, with UKIP arguing that free movement of workers and a rising migrant population is putting too much pressure on public services and driving down wages by undercutting British workers.
Against this background the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) – which campaigns against discrimination – is spending £44,000 on a UK-wide poster campaign, with the aim of „humanising the debate”.
BBC News met four people who are some of the charity’s faces of the „I am an immigrant” campaign: