Immigration inquiry papers are released

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EVIDENCE gathered during Boston Borough Council’s inquiry into immigration has been published in full on the authority’s website.

Full transcripts from each of the meetings held during the Task and Finish Group process have been released to allow members of the public access to all that was said over the four-month investigation, including information from educators, employers, the police and a specialist in immigration issues.

It comes ahead of the publication of an interim report by the committee leading the process, which will include recommendations on how to deal with social issues related to migration into the local area.

Chairman of the committee Coun Paul Kenny said: “I had always been determined that all of the evidence gathered would be available for all to see, in its entirety. It is now available for all to read through.

“From all of this we will make recommendations for real change to improve situations in areas we can influene, and perhaps some recommendations in areas where we have less influence.”

Next month’s report, which is a precursor to the final document, will go to public consultation before it is completed.

Coun Kenny added there would be no ‘ducking’ of the issues raised during the investigation, which saw evidence collected over eight different sessions based on questions from members of the committee and members of the public.

Click here for the immigration inquiry transcripts of the evidence gathered.