At the moment they are the ones who seem to be crossing the English Channel. They aren't the impoverished village people , they are paying big money to get here. If they were in any real distress they could have applied for asylum in any one of the EU countries, and specifically France, as that is where they are coming from.
To call people racist because they are concerned a) for the wellbeing of people in little boats crossing the channel, or b) for understanding that we are not here to pick up the fall out from problems that US have caused in this world, is quite simply a cop- out and undeniable inability to give a reasoned response as to why we (UK) should provide for anyone who wished to land here illegally.
The Iraqi's who have come to UK and do the car washes, aren't free even now. They have gang masters and work in all weathers, early til late every day. The asylum seekers (women) who sell the Big Issue, and travel all the way from Liverpool every day to stand outside Sainsbury's in rain, hail wind and snow and intense heat this last summer, are not free they have gang masters ! Are these the jobs that our own people are criticized for not doing ?
I would like to mention that there are a lot of badly messed up kids in Syria today and probably Iraq too. These children have seen so much and heard so much they are now re-enacting and battering to death , mutilating and injuring animals in their streets. There is an obvious lack of emotions apart from anger. They will need intense therapy and one wonders how many adults need it too ! Another drain on the NHS , Ex , if they come here ? Somehow I don't think they will, they are the ones who were trapped but are also the future generation, which is worrying. Invading Iraq, released a monster in the whole region !