The amount of recent series which negatively shows foreigners entering the UK is a joke. It's no surprise that a lot of people have become resentful and fearful.
Luckily new C4 show (Thursday at 9PM), Keeping Up with the Khans is much more unbiased and focuses on both the negatives and positives of immigration. Page Hall in Sheffield is a prime example of a varied community. "Slovakian, African, Polish and Jamaican - It's all mixed down here", states one local.
My favourite part happens within the first few minutes, as we meet Haider, who has recently had his application rejected and is awaiting his final verdict. Haider is terrible with geography and looks for the UK. He firstly finds the United States of America before saying that this country is Ukraine.
Haider is living among three other men – Ehab (Libya), Pride (Cameroon) and Omar (Sudan). Their landlord is Steve, a Sheffield Wednesday fan. He adds some much needed humour, advising that Benidorm within Spain is the only city where you can find eighty percent English.
The debut episode focuses more on Omar, who is living on thirty five pounds a week. After fighting erupted in his home city, he spent four months travelling the Sahara, the Mediterranean, Italy and France before arriving in the UK on a truck. He wants to be a pilot of a Boeing 747 and is frustrated that he can't work due to waiting for his application to be accepted. It's really good to see how excited he is to visit Sheffield for the first time. He is joyous to see the Peace Gardens, Hallam University and even the 99P Stores.
Apparently asylum applications almost doubled in the first three months of 2015 compared to 2014. Lynda makes her thoughts clear, "I thought if you flee, then you are supposed to go to the first safe country. We are an island, thousands of miles away, we can't take much more." Applications can take up to five years, which many view as too long for people to be stuck in limbo.
Landlord Steve is clear what he thinks about the United Kingdom, "Refugees from Iraq and Syria, they are coming from countries where there are bullets flying about and bombs – But they feel less safe here than at home." Maybe a slight exaggeration, but it does show even British people are annoyed with the current system.
Omar is granted Asylum in the United Kingdom, towards the episode's conclusion. He can now live in the UK for five years – "I am British now, it's a nice feeling. I feel I am a human now." He takes on some unpaid work at TJ Hughes, with a Store worker stating, "Omar's one of the good one's because he is interested, punctual, respectful of management and likes the customers."
This is the type of show that provides a much realistic watch of immigration. There are many Omar's trying to make a living and have a good life. Hopefully he can go home one day.