"Creating a fair asylum and immigration system depends on, respectively, recognising our international responsibility and heeding the needs of our businesses and industries." Jodi Dunne
By Jodi Dunne
Creating a fair asylum and immigration system depends on, respectively, recognising our international responsibility and heeding the needs of our businesses and industries.
Asylum seekers in the main come from countries that have been destabilised by conflict and I feel it is the responsibility of the UK, as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to do as much as we possibly can to use diplomacy in order to identify and deal with areas of potential conflict before they turn into regional wars.
The UK is a world leader in diplomacy and more could and should be done to bring our influence to bear on tragic situations in which innocent men, women and children are caught up in cross fire.
When conflict does arise and innocent civilians are forced to flee to neighbouring countries we should work in a more effective way with the host countries to ensure the wellbeing of affected people.
With immigration, the needs of our businesses have to be addressed so as to keep our economy competitive and our public services fully staffed, while also giving the requisite training and educational opportunities to our younger people to help them into these and more skilled jobs.
The current Conservative government has effectively discouraged further education for working class students by trebling tuition fees to a colossal £9000 a year, education spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms since 2009 and their so called apprenticeship scheme is restarted every couple of years with ever diminishing returns.
The Labour Party will ensure that students reach their full potential with a National Education Service which will among other initiatives restore grants enabling those less well off to reach their full potential.
As we train our younger people to a more effective degree, it’s important to remember that as a country, we have always had a blend of native and overseas workers and it is that combination that has propelled our economy forward and helped us to evolve and prosper as a nation. Keeping that balance in mind is key to our future prosperity.