Telegraph | Opinion | Worried about xenophobia? Then let asylum seekers work: "I meet quite a lot of asylum seekers. They do not on the whole resemble the monstrous, cynical exploiters of our generosity as they are sometimes rather luridly presented. Of course, I do not meet a representative sample, but then very few people do.
On the whole I have found asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to be considerably superior in intelligence and motivation to work to a large proportion of the British population. They are often much more cultivated, and many of them are linguistically gifted. Most of the ones I see who are in deep despair ascribe their unhappiness to the fact that they are not allowed to work, which is their dream."