British Member of Parliament (MP) Stewart Jackson has called for a limit on immigration from the EU and a ‘variation’ on the free movement directive prior to millions of Romanians and Bulgarians being given to work in the UK.
In an interview with the BBC Jackson said there had been “no proper analysis” of the figures about people from those Romania and Bulgarians who are about to gain more rights allowing them to live and work in the UK.
He also wants the UK Government to vary the terms of the free movement directive, as opposed to withdrawing from it altogether.
Prime Minister David Cameron has also called for a renegotiation of Britain’s terms of membership of the EU.
Last week Cameron demanded new restrictions to keep out benefit tourists under a new relationship with the European Union, even at the expense of EC free movement treaties. He added that the Government should make it harder for European Union migrants to come to United Kingdom and claim benefits, and that only working European immigrants should be allowed into the UK, even if it means undermining the EU’s key principle of “free movement”.
The tough rhetoric will be a worry to many EEA nationals hoping to exercise their rights to settle in here.
Last weekend the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles warned that the expected ‘influx’ of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens next year will compound the UK’s housing shortage.
British Future Director Sunder Katwala said it the next wave not be the same as the influx of Poles into the UK after 2004, as Romanians and Bulgarians would also be able to head to other EU countries.
However, many EU countries, such as Greece, Spain, Italy and France already have high unemployment and the UK benefit system is known worldwide for its generosity and incompetent controls.
Croatia joins the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013 and the UK will introduce transitional arrangements to restrict Croatian nationals’ from full access to the UK labour market.
EEA nationals are normally allowed to enter and stay in the UK for for a period not exceeding three months unless other conditions are met, for instance if they exercise ‘treaty rights’ to work, study or declare themselves as ’self sufficient’.
However, most people ignore this rule or do not realise it exists, and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) do not pursue EEA national ‘overstayers’.
The UKBA website states:
An EEA or Swiss National, has the right to live and work in the UK (known as the ‘right of residence’) under ‘freedom of movement’ rules as long as:
- you are working here (and have obtained permission to work if this is required – for instance if your are Bulgarian or Romanian); or
- you can support yourself and your family in the UK without becoming an unreasonable burden on public funds – self sufficient.
On the subject of comprehensive sickness insurance, the UKBA website adds:
“If you are an EEA national in the UK as a student or as a self-sufficient person, you and your sponsored family members must have comprehensive sickness insurance for the duration of your stay in the UK.
At present it seems that only Romanian and Bulgarian students wishing to study and work in the UK are forced to take out private medical cover in order to obtain a yellow card permit to work.
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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.
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