Only European migrants with jobs must be allowed in the UK: Theresa May

Britain’s home secretary, Theresa May has said that only European migrants with jobs lined up will be allowed in the UK. The free movement within the EU has allowed people without jobs entering the country in search of work and benefits, thereby adding pressure on basic public services and infrastructure. She blamed Europe’s ‘system of no borders’ for the recent migration crisis.

Earlier this week official data showed net migration in to Britain had reached a record high, hitting 330,000 in the year to March. May said the figure was “far too high” and “simply unsustainable”.

Theresa May

Writing in the Sunday Times, May said, “Reducing net EU migration need not mean undermining the principle of free movement”. “When it was first enshrined, free movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders to look for work or claim benefits. Yet last year, four out of 10 EU migrants, 63,000 people, came here with no definite job whatsoever,” she said.

Earlier this month, May visited Calais in France to inspect new security measures preventing migrants from reaching England via the Channel Tunnel.

She added that the events of this summer, which has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees risking their lives to reach Europe, should act as a “wake-up call” to EU leaders.

– Spadman