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France’s Interior Minister has launched an attack on the number of immigrant ‘waiters and bricklayers’ flooding into his country – saying they are not needed, the Daily Mail reports.

In words which will resonate across Britain, Claude Gueant said it was a myth that a modern European democracy was in need of thousands of foreign low-skilled workers.

‘Contrary to legend, it is untrue that we have need of talent, of skills. There are around 2000 people who come here who are qualified,’ said Mr Gueant.

Speaking on French radio, he added: ‘But we don’t need builders, or waiters. We have enough of these among French people.’

The UK has opened its borders to thousands of immigrant works to the extent that bricklayers and waiters in major cities like London are more likely to come from an eastern European country like Poland than Britain.

French employees, in contrast, apply a strict preference for French workers, in line with government policy.

Last month Mr Gueant first made it clear that he was just as interested in halting legal migrants as illegal ones.

His words, which saw some accuse him of being racist, were echoed by President Nicolas Sarkozy who say that questioning the number of migrants that France admitted each year was ‘common sense’, especially because of high unemployment in France.

Mr Sarkozy said: ‘With our problems in finding a job for our citizens, and an unemployment rate for non-Europeans of 23 percent, we must look into the question of legal immigration.

‘France’s active population is growing by 110,000 annually. I wouldn’t say the same thing if I were running Germany, which loses 100,000 active people each year.’

Mr Sarkozy added: ‘We must adapt economic immigration to these realities and make sure our professional training better matches the needs of our economy.’

Despite such words, Mr Gueant’s claims were roundly attacked by anti-racism groups across France, with many accusing him of trying to steal votes from Marine Le Pen’s extreme right wing National Front party.

Dominique Sopo, of SOS Racism, said: ‘There’s now a very strong attempt to develop mistrust of other countries so as to win over the National Front electorate.’

And Arielle Schwab, president of the Union of Jewish Students of France, accused Mr Gueant of  ‘fuelling a fear of foreigners ‘ in France.

‘The foreigner is seen as a thorn in the side of France, ‘ Mrs Schwab added. Source: Daily Mail.

Last week UK Immigration Minister Damian Green promised more radical reforms to the immigration system, but like the French and Germans Britain has signed up to the EU expansion programme.

Despite all the rhetoric there is little France and Britain can do to stop the main flow of new migration, which comes from Eastern Europe.

Not needed? If there were no jobs in countries like Germany, Britain and France, Eastern Europeans would not be there.

Polish and other ‘A8′ Eastern European migrants have the same rights as UK citizens, but Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are still subject to restrictions despite being members of the European Union.

To work in the UK Romanians and Bulgarians generally need to either obtain a work permit or obtain a ‘yellow card’ BR1 registration and become self employed or study and work.

After 12 months of continuous work they can apply for a ‘Blue Card’ residence permit.

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UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

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