Immigration is clearly high on the political agenda due to the upcoming elections, and interesting stories continue to pop up which I would love to share with you.

David Cameron appears to be wooing Indian-origin voters! He is praising crucial Indian voters in the UK and highlighting their amazing contributions to British society. He said we should celebrate that our country is a successful multi-faith multi-ethnic democracy while he was visiting a gurdwara in Warwickshire last week.

According to recent statistics, India-born migrants form the largest proportion of foreign-born voters. Around 650,000 Indian origin voters are expected to vote in the elections and a new study suggests issues around race-equality and immigration will be important to them.

But it’s not just the Conservatives who recognise this. All parties are attempting to woo the ethnic minority community. Operation Black Vote, a non-partisan campaign group, says there will be 70% more seats where black and Asian voters could decide the outcome this year than in the last election in 2010. But interestingly on the other hand, around 71% of Tory voters think that immigration has increased the threat of terrorism in the UK.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has appointed ex-MI5 officer as the new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. He will be replacing the highly critical John Vine who exposed unacceptable queues at London Heathrow airport, uncovered repeated backlogs in immigration and asylum systems and demonstrated bigger scale of sham marriages than estimated.

Apparently, Theresa May delayed publication of John Vine’s reports leading to criticism from MPs. But very soon, in the week or so, further criticism is expected to come from the National Audit Office in a report about the work of the immigration and borders watchdog! In my eyes, it suggests that there is far more to the equation than just the numbers of people entering and leaving the country. What is happening to those who enter illegally? What is being done to reduce those numbers?

There are now complaints by activists and inmates about alleged violence and abuse in immigration facilities. The Home Office has announced plans to look into how well detainees are treated in the removal centres because of the climbing number of suicide, self harm, and abuse cases. Mental health cases are also being ignored and the UK detainment facility is being described as the harshest and most inhumane branch of the UK judicial administration.

Theresa May says she takes welfare of detainees very seriously, however, her acknowledgement that the system needs reform contrasts with the Conservative party statements on tightening immigration laws. Apparently there will be a Shaw Review taking place over the next six months to look into what improvements are required. The results won’t come out until after the election though, but I think it’s pretty clear that whichever party comes into power, their work is cut out!