status from the rest of the UK?
London Is Special, but Not That Special
[…] London has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. It absorbs more than half of all immigrants to Britain. In the 2011 census, 80 percent of all Britons defined themselves as “white British”; barely half that number (45 percent) did so in London. There are more Black and Asian people in just one London borough, Newham, than in the whole of Scotland.
Economically, too, London is startlingly different. […] The average Londoner contributes 70 percent more to Britain’s national income than people in the rest of the country. […]
Driven by a perceived political need, Mr. Cameron’s [British Prime Minister] coalition government has imposed myriad new restrictions, the aim of which is to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000. Driven by the real economic needs of London, on the other hand, Mr. Johnson [mayor of London] has campaigned for looser rules. Earlier this month he called for the creation of a special “London visa”[…]. It would be, he suggested, “a clear message to the elite of Silicon Valley or the fashionistas of Beijing that London is the place they should come to develop ideas, build new businesses and be part of an epicenter for global talent”.
Kenan Malik, “London Is Special, but Not That Special”,
The New York Times, September 28th, 2013 © 2013 The New York Times
The excerpt doesn’t explain the reasons (“perceived political need”) why Prime Minister wants to reduce immigration. In fact, government doesn’t want to cheer on immigration that is so criticized in the UK today.
Because London is a global city, it is more ethnically diverse and wealthier than the rest of the country.