Panic at the UK
By admin February 28, 2017

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The aftermath of Brexit has left a number of European Union (EU) citizens living in the UK in a state of panic. New laws, in regulating certain documents, have largely affected the population with some even having to leave the country in response. The net immigration rises consistently, forcing the Government to put new laws into play to secure rights of its citizens. The job market is at stake and the economy could be the first to suffer. The UK is facing heavy changes and time will tell how everything turns out, for better or for worse.

Most recently, the UK has changed their rules on regulating a comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI), stating that the Government allows the Home Office to remove individuals from the country if they do not have this CSI. This new regulation is in conflict with those EU citizens who are not a resident, even including some students and spouses of UK citizens. These individuals could very well be deported or refused entry if they do not have a CSI. The majority of EU nationals living in the UK use the NHS rather than having such “all-important insurance.” According to Sylvia Gawron, a Polish national studying in the UK, she feels as though “EU citizens are now treated as a second class citizens – nobody cares about our rights, our families and those who depend on us.”

Colin Yeo of Garden Court Chambers in London states that these regulations are not necessarily in place to remove a French wife of a British citizen, but to use “against people they don’t like, like Polish rough sleepers.” This brings the discussion of immigration to play. Consequently, Prime Minister Theresa May has reported that she seeks to end rights to EU nationals under freedom of movement rules, establishing a “cut-off date” around March 15 where EU citizens could not be able to live in the UK permanently. Approximately 3.6 million EU citizens already in Britain will have their rights protected.

To further the discussion of immigration of these so called “rough sleepers”, Bulgarian and Romanian immigration levels rose to the highest-level months after the Brexit referendum. Migration from the “EU2” countries was up 19,000 to 74,000. The net migration is around 273,000, while the Government wants the net immigration to fall below 100,000.

In recent studies, 65,000 EU citizens came to the UK, 164,000 non-EU citizens came to the UK, and 56,000 British citizens left. However, on the other hand, 100,000 EU citizens left Britain in the three weeks after the EU referendum. The numbers are still higher with people entering the UK rather than leaving, but business owners are worried about filling the vacancies. Indeed, “people don’t want to pack up their lives and move to the UK if they could end up having to go back again very soon.” In terms of Students, there were 41,000 fewer international students that came to the UK this past year. These numbers are complex and will weigh heavily on every decision the UK makes.

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