London must shun ‘spectacle’ Immigration plans, advises economist

Taking a note of the UK government’s recent controversial actions and policies related to immigration, a financial expert based at Oxford University, who also happens to be an advisor to the British government on immigration–has counseled the administration to avoid the policies which could be over sensational, and attract widespread attention, for the wrong reasons.

He said that such plans are not inevitably the most helpful. Reportedly, the advisor further said that in liberal democracies usually one does wish to get associated with the types of things which could be routine in, say, Singapore or the Middle East. One has to draw the line at some place.

London should act on unbalanced immigration

He continued that the administration ought to do something about irregular immigration. He was speaking in the backdrop of two striking and contentious Home Office initiatives hogging much limelight in the UK. During the month of July this year, the organization introduced a pilot publicity operation in the capital’s six boroughs. The drive was ostensibly targeted at prohibited aliens even as it advised them to depart, lest they were taken into custody, and put behind the bars.

Cynics of the movement–which continued for 7 days in the 6 boroughs—allegedly said that it was not likely to convince the so-called banned aliens to go home. Some detractors even claimed that the operation was in reality a party political trick.

And it was targeted at convincing the dithering devotees of the Conservative Party that since the administration was taking action against unlawful immigration, they should continue to cast their votes in favor of them, and not desert the party, in favor of the nation’s Independence Party.

It’s not clear if any migrant has reacted

The administration has allegedly not been able to make available any data on the number of those who have come forward due to the operation even though it maintains that if one individual were to do so the same, it would validate the drive’s cost.

The advertising operation continued until July 29. On August 1, 2013, the concerned bureau commenced a chain of operations at London underground stations targeted at arresting the so-called prohibited immigrants. An observer at one operation in the North West part of the capital observed that it appeared that police & immigration authorities were not sparing any non-white individual, and questioning them.

Reacting to such criticism, the incumbent immigration minister has strongly contested the claims that the operations used racial profiling, even while he declared that the officials were not doing random checks on the individuals in the street, and asking individuals to produce their documents. Allegedly, 139 suspected prohibited outsiders had been taken into custody.

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