How Brexit will affect immigration

With the threat of Brexit looming, many businesses are looking at losing staff and suffering staffing shortages for a good while to come. Big business and small business leaders up and down the country have been calling for the government to be more relaxed with post-Brexit immigration in a last ditch effort to protect their companies. If you feel Brexit is going to affect you in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and speak to an immigration lawyer. As of now, it is still unknown how Brexit will affect the jobs market but understandably, employers are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

It’s no secret that Brexit is going to affect un-skilled and skilled migrants up and down the country. In an interview, given to the Guardian last October, Theresa May said that EU citizens will no longer be given priority to live and work in Britain. She added Britons may, in turn, have to apply for a US-style visa to visit and work in Europe.

Under current EU law, Britain cannot prevent a citizen of another EU country coming to live in the United Kingdom, many Brexiteers believe this is one of the problems with Britain staying in the EU, we are not able to regulate our own borders. On the other hand, many people argue that it is peoples right to come and live here to try and get a better life for their families. The whole argument is based on principle alone and nothing else. Both sides of the argument have valid points, not only immigration, there are a lot of trade deals that you have to think about as well and take them all into account. Not just immigration and trade deals, what of International students, studying in different countries.

The Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes, hinted at a possible ID card to be handed out to migrants post-Brexit. She also said that this would be a response to “sheer complexity of residence rules once free movement ends.” in an interview given to the Guardian a few days ago. She told a Guardian correspondent that the idea came up during talks with groups representing EU nationals in the UK and also added that some of them see ID cards as normal where they come from this is one of many ways Britain could help keep track tightly of migrants and immigrants post-Brexit.

Yesterday (18/03/19) The guardian had a headline that reads “Thousands of children could become undocumented after Brexit”. A children’s legal charity has voiced their concerns on the implications Brexit could have on young children of EU nationalities and other nationalities. The Guardian followed this up with a statistic that reads “An estimated 900,000 EU national children are in the UK with around 285,000 born in the country.”

The children’s charity, Coram Children’s Legal Centre fear that children that are currently in foster care or in care homes, as well as others from vulnerable families, could “slip through the net” of the new Home Office registration scheme for EU nationals after Brexit hits.

The Home Office estimates that anywhere between 10% and 20% of applicants will be considered vulnerable, unable to provide documentation and evidence of their time in the United Kingdom.

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