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No to Eastern European Immigrants

Britain must say ‘no’ to eastern European migrant workers, says prime minister David Cameron.  


In an article published by the Telegraph Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent explains that the Prime Minister says young Brits cannot “fully” compete with hard-working immigrants from Eastern Europe

Eastern european immigrant, IMMIGRANTS FROM EASTERN EUROPE 1960

Eastern european immigrant, IMMIGRANTS FROM EASTERN EUROPE 1960—roberthuffstutter (Flickr.com)

According to the Prime Minister David Cameron up to half of the workforce in factories across the country came from Eastern European countries such as Poland and Lithuania. He accepted it as a “cruel fact” that a generation of young Britons could be “left behind” and fail to share in the benefits of the economic recovery because they lacked the skills to secure a job as stated in the article in the Telegraph.


Speaking at the launch of an event to celebrate apprentices at the Mini plant in Cowley, near Oxford, Mr Cameron said “you can’t blame” immigrants for wanting to work hard and get on. “You can go to factories in our country where half the people come from Poland, Lithuania or Latvia,” he said. “You can’t blame them, they want to work, they see the jobs, they come over and they do them.


“But as a country what we ought to be saying is no. Let’s get our education system right so we are producing young people out of our schools and colleges who are capable of doing those jobs.


No to Eastern European Immigrants to Keep UK Jobs for UK workers

According to 4A LAW Immigration Lawyers it seems that the real issue is not that the UK ought to say no to Eastern European immigrants. The real issue is that the prime minister ought to recognise and accept that the education system is in fact failing to produce young people out of our schools and colleges who are capable of doing those jobs.




“Second, let’s reform the welfare system so that it doesn’t pay to be out of work, it pays for you to be in work.  “And third, let’s have sensible controls on immigration particularly from outside the EU where we can cap the number of people who come.”


Official figures show that between April and June this year a total of 683,000 people working in Britain were from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. The number of Eastern Europeans in Britain is expected to rise further when work restrictions on people from Romania and Bulgaria are lifted in January.


Campaigners have warned that as many as 250,000 people from the two countries could come to Britain.


Mr Cameron’s tone is similar to that struck by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who said young Britons were “wet behind the ears” and lacked the work ethic of immigrants, who were prepared to do “menial” jobs locals refused. Mr Johnson backed Jamie Oliver, the television chef, who earlier this year said European immigrants were “much stronger [and] much tougher”.


Mr Cameron said he wanted to ensure that Britain’s economic recovery was a “recovery for all”.


He said: “Immigration, welfare and education are totally linked. Crack those three problems together and we can really get an economy that generates wealth for our people.”


He defended the Government’s work experience programme, which encourages people to take unpaid internships. He said: “Getting people into the workplace, giving them experience of work … is a good way to help get people started. It’s a cruel fact but it’s true that the best way to get a job is to have one already.


“The danger for a country like Britain is yes, you see the economy recover, yes you see jobs coming, but you leave behind people who have not got the right qualifications from school. I don’t want that to happen in our country.”


Matthew Hancock, the skills minister, said employers should be “looking at local young people” when they were seeking recruits. He said: “We have a record number of jobs in this country and we’ve got to make sure that as people leave school, they are in a position to take those jobs. Likewise the employers should look at local young people when they’re trying to fill these jobs.”


More than 60 of Britain’s leading businesses have signed up to deliver the newstyle apprenticeship schemes, including Mini owners BMW, BAE Systems, Microsoft and Barclays Bank.


In future, apprenticeships will last at least a year and will be based on standards designed by employers to meet the specific needs of their industry and deliver the skills and knowledge individuals need to be fully competent in an occupation.


Mr Cameron said: “I think apprenticeships can be a big part not just of tackling unemployment but also in making sure our recovery is for all.


“We’ve seen 1.5million people start apprenticeships under this Government. I want to make sure the apprenticeships are good quality so we are announcing new rules to make sure that happens.”


Mike Harris, the head of education at the Institute of Directors, said his organisation’s members shared Mr Cameron’s “frustration” with the failings of the education system.


He said: “The problem has built up over many years and our school leavers now rank among the lowest in all of the developed nations for basic numeracy and literacy.”


Mr Cameron’s comments were made after Gordon Brown made the infamous promise of “British jobs for British workers” in 2007.


In 2011 official figures uncovered by the Labour MP Frank Field disclosed nine out of 10 new jobs had gone to immigrants in the first year of the Coalition.

In the Telegraph article the headline is ‘Britain must say ‘no’ to eastern European workers, says Cameron’. We ask is it actually right that Britain should say ‘no’ no Eastern European immigrants? After all many Eastern European along with Asian served in WWI and WWII. It seems that whilst Britain wants to remember the wars it does not wish to remember the countless servicemen and women who lost their lives.


4A LAW hope that whilst the headline is sensational it sadly appears to reflect the views of the government of the day. It is hoped that with time the important work of the ethnic minority communities in the UK will be recognised. Saying no to Eastern European Immigrants will not solve Britain ‘s problems. If anything it could make them worse. That is because Cameron has accepted at least in passing that the education system is failing youngsters and failing the British economy.


If you or a friend a an Eastern European immigrant and suffered what we call unlawful discrimination contact 4A LAW for advice


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