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ASYLUM SEEKERS 'WILL STRETCH INTERPRETING SERVICES TO BREAKING POINT'

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An academic specialising in race and ethnic issued has warned that the arrival over the next few months of thousand...
An academic specialising in race and ethnic issued has warned that the arrival over the next few months of thousands of asylum seekers in Glasgow will stretch interpreting services to breaking point, reports The Herald (p3).

Dr Elinor Kelly, honorary research fellow at Glasgow University, also joined the condemnation of government plans to give asylum seekers vouchers instead of cash, saying the idea was 'reminiscent of the workhouse and would stigmatise people'.

This was echoed by the Scottish TUC, which yesterday passed a motion critical of the government's Immigration and Asylum Act. Dr Kelly said: 'All the agencies concerned with asylum seekers are reaching the point of desperation about interpreters because interpreting issues are also the means by which problems can often be solved in the communities in which they are housed.'

The STUC motion expressed alarm at the upsurge of activity by the British National Party in areas of Glasgow where refugees are being housed. It also condemned the inflammatory and racist reaction to the arrival of the first batch of refugees in certain sections of the Scottish media.
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