Britain does not want Indians but India does
The new Immigration laws (HSMP) in Britain are making it tough for those from non-EU countries to stay on in Britain. Indians who are already in Britain are making a big deal of it and accusing Britain of ‘Racism.’ Give me a break. This isn’t racism, but just politics and common sense. What is Britain to do with the flood of European immigrants who will rush to enter Britain because their countries are now part of the EU? Britain has no choice but to restrict entry to those coming from the non-EU countries.
I just cannot see the point of the Indians going to court on this issue.
India has plenty of jobs
I feel that the Indians who cannot stay on should quietly come back to India. Our economy is opening up and everyone knows that there is a terrible shortage of skilled labour here. The outsourcing industry is just one example. If we don’t make good, Eastern Europe and China will beat us to the business from multinational companies based in developed countries.
This labour shortage will affect the growth of Indian industry in other ways too as there is a shortage of adequately trained engineers in the country. There is an acute shortage of skilled and executive manpower in industries like Retail and Automotive as well.
India needs doctors desperately
There is also a severe severe shortage of doctors in India. According to WHO, India has only half a doctor (.60) per thousand people! We are in the same situation as Sri Lanka (.55) and only slightly better than Thailand (.37). We are far behind Switzerland (3.6). And guess what? China, our nearest competitor, is way ahead – at 1.06.
By the way – the UK has 2.30 doctors per thousand people. It can do without Indian docs.
All this is depressing from our country’s point of view because India is in the midst of an HIV epidemic and diseases like Polio and TB have not been eradicated. We are also trying hard to cope with the rising rates of heart disease and diabetes.
Rural India is in bad shape
In rural India only 6.3% of the posts for doctors may be vacant on paper, but nearly 67% of doctors who are enrolled remain absent from duty! It is quite clear that they are busy making money in cities…or perhaps they are busy trying to get into Britain!
Things are so bad in fact that the government has considered starting a brand new three-year course in health sciences to meet his shortage. This ‘new’ proposed para-medic course is to train people in subjects ranging from human anatomy and physiology to clinical diagnosis, obstetrics and industrial accident treatments. I have my reservations about this proposed quack course.
That is why I believe that Britain’s new Immigration law is not such a bad thing. But I guess everyone has the right to immigrate…but only if the host country wants them. Otherwise, forget about it.
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