Will the immigration dialogue follow the Home Office?
The so-called practice of dawn raids has long been controversial in the town, which has been the only dispersal area in Scotland for asylum seekers for more than two decades. But Pollokshields’ flashpoint felt like a moment of transformation.
Hundreds of local residents took to the streets to prevent the Home Office vehicle from leaving. In doing so, they have gained international media attention, framing a community raging against immigration policies that divide the UK government.
The Interior Ministry said it would seek to expel the two men, Lakhvir Singh and Sumit Sehdev again. Border force officials say the two have exceeded their visa terms by several years and have not been allowed to stay.
It may well succeed. It should also be remembered that while the focus has been on the fate of MM. Singh and Sehdev, others were arrested, including another Indian national detained in Glasgow on the same day.
The Home Office informed Scottish police before the failed raid on Kenmure Street, …
But the tension evident during this failed detention should spur change around a vital issue impacting economic growth, depopulation, skills shortages and tax revenues, issues that have become even more vexed. after Brexit.
In Australia, the immigration system has sufficient flexibility to allow regional governments and businesses to recruit migrant workers, and there is a powerful argument that Scotland – and indeed the rest of the UK – would benefit financially and culturally from such an arrangement.
Unfortunately, all attempts at compromise between Edinburgh and Westminster failed. Scottish Labor unsuccessfully proposed a Scottish immigration system around 17 years ago, and the SNP has done little better.
Beyond the rhetoric, however, it should be recognized that the discontent around this impasse is widespread. As leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Jackson Carlaw advocated a system that reflected “the needs of the regions most in need of migration”.
The war of words in the wake of Pollokshields will continue to unfold. Hopefully it will be followed by a thoughtful and constructive dialogue.