May’s Migration Crackdown Targets Low-Skilled Workers
Prime Minister Theresa May has recently announced that High-Skilled workers are to be prioritized following from upcoming Brexit next year.
The announcement follows from the decision of the UK government to end the ‘free movement’ of EU nationals in the UK, in which is likely to impact upon Low-Skilled Migration overall.
In addition, the decision to end ‘free movement’ stems from a recent report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which was also supported by the UK’s Labour Political Party.
By decreasing Low-Skilled Migration, the UK government hopes to level out migration in the UK overall and make it more ‘sustainable’ – one of the central determining factors in the recent Brexit referendum.
Initially, the EU Freedom of Movement permitted all citizens who resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) – including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein – to travel freely across the EU without visas and without a threshold of a set of skills requirements.
However, as the UK’s economy is on the line in the lead up to the final Brexit cut from the EU womb in March next year, May’s focus on Migration is an ambitious attempt of the UK government to ensure that a respectable economic status is maintained after Brexit, despite the ever-echoing backlash of skeptical Brexiteers that the UK’s official Post-Brexit economy is doomed for failure.
Furthermore, it may be argued that just because the Low-Skilled Migrants from the EU are being frozen in their tracks when migrating to the UK – this does not necessarily mean that Low-Skilled Migrants from outside the EU will suddenly stop migrating as well.
Thus, will May’s attempt to save the UK economy through migration, really put a halt to all unnecessary migrants into the UK? Will the UK really attract more High-Skilled workers instead?
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