Britain is on course to leave the European Union by 31 October. However, Theresa May has expressed her wish that the UK should quit well before, provided her withdrawal agreement is passed. Nonetheless, whether we leave with a deal or without one, the government has been clear that ending free movement and bringing down immigration to “sustainable levels” are its key priorities. This was laid out when it published an immigration white paper in December 2018. Not only does this paper include plans to end the right of EU nationals to come to the UK freely, but it also makes EU nationals subject to the same rules as non-EU nationals. That means that they will have to apply for a Tier 2 visa and meet a annual income threshold of at least £30,000. It also means that if an EU national’s married partner wants to come to the UK, they will have to apply for a spouse visa. Currently, none of these things apply. A number of key industries in London have raised concerns that … [Read more...] about The white paper’s strict salary threshold on EU migrants would only exacerbate inequality
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Austrian interior minister Herbert Kickl has written to the European Union, warning of a renewed migrant crisis and calling for immediate preventative measures to be taken, local media reported on Tuesday. The letter, published by the Krone newspaper, was specifically addressed at three European Commissioners — Dimitris Avramopoulos of migration, Johannes Hahn of neighborhood policy, and Guenther Oettinger of budget and human resources. Kickl said figures from European Union law enforcement agency Europol suggested that a “large-scale movement of people from Turkey to Europe” is about to take place, with both the eastern Mediterranean and Balkans migration routes likely to be traversed as they were during the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016. There are presently “tens of thousands” of migrants in these areas already, including about 5,000 each in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, as well as about 60,000 asylum seekers in Greece, and about 5.6 million … [Read more...] about Austrian minister warns of renewed migrant crisis
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that the 2015 migrant crisis – which saw millions of migrants pour into Europe – was just the beginning and that a new wave of African migrants may soon overwhelm the continent. “Everything that we experienced in 2015 will happen again, and it will be bigger,” the nationalist leader told German newspaper Die Welt. “Soon the Arab countries will surpass the European countries in population. And I haven't mentioned Africa yet, where soon there will be more people than can be fed.” Read more Orban has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of non-European immigration in recent years. As waves of migrants flowed from the Middle East in 2015, Orban constructed a razor-wire border fence and refused passage for asylum seekers whose claims were rejected. Since then he has refused to meet EU migrant relocation quotas and has criminalized individuals and NGOs suspected of “enabling illegal … [Read more...] about ‘It will be bigger’: Orban warns of SECOND migrant crisis, says Hungary is ‘ready’
SAJID Javid faces a fresh storm over the Channel migrant crisis after it emerged the Border Force is still waiting for the patrol boat promised last year. The Home Secretary said the Cutter HMC Protector would be protecting Britain’s waters by the beginning of February. But six weeks after he made the pledge, the boat has still not arrived. Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover, said it is “urgently needed” to tackle the crisis. Ten suspected migrants were picked up off the coast of Dover on Thursday morning after their dinghies were spotted in the waters. Mr Elphicke told The Sun: “This Cutter is needed urgently to take control of our waters.” He warned that locals are fed-up at the stream of migrants washing up one their shores. And he warned that people will end up dying making the perilous journey unless the authorities get a grip on the crisis. He stormed: “We need it back in the English Channel to provide a powerful deterrent to the people … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid faces fresh storm over Channel migrant crisis as Border Force still has no patrol boat
THIS week’s episode of Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil looks at the 2015 migrant crisis and how it affected the EU. The documentary is the inside story of how European leaders fought over how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants coming in to the continent. What is Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil about? The three part series charts a decade of turbulence faced by the European Union which faces an uncertain future. Episode one was about how ex-Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum, and his attempts to strike a new deal on issues such as immigration in Brussels in order to win it. Episode two tells how the Greek financial crisis threatened to spread and destroy not just the Euro, but the world economy. And how the medicine prescribed by the EU paved the way for populism - of both right and left. The third episode explained how the arrival of refugees and migrants divided European leaders and left the EU hanging in the balance. What time … [Read more...] about Inside Europe 10 Years of Turmoil: What was the 2015 migrant crisis and how did it affect the EU?