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Posted on May 21, 2014 in Europe |

Immigration will play crucial role in the upcoming EU elections

The issue of the immigration policy of the various EU countries will play a crucial vote on the upcoming EU elections during the weekend. The Liberal immigration policies that were implemented by the some European countries during the last decade are disliked by many European voters, which has led to the rise of different far-right anti-immigration parties such as the United Kingdom Independence party led by Nigel Farage and the National Front in France led by Marine Le Pen. Another reason for the rise of the fringe parties is that European citizens do not have the trust that the mainstream politicians can solve their problems. The trust has been eroded even in those countries, who have not gone through significant economic recession, during the five year slowdown that plagues the Eruozone economies. The percentage of people, who think that they have not benefited from the European Union in Germany and France, traditionally among the most ‘pro-European’ EU members, distrust of the EU has risen from 36% and 41% respectively to 59% and 56%. Many reasons exist for the rising distrust in the European Union. People are unhappy with the fact that the European Commission has too many powers and are afraid that this diminishes the democracy on national levels. In addition to that many people think that the rising internal immigration is destroying the social fabric of the national countries. Last but not least the raging economic recession which has started in 2009 has led to diminishing living standards in many EU countries. All these parties oppose the free movement of people within the EU and also are sceptical of the benefits that EU membership confers on their own countries. At the same time however many centrists European politician think that the immigration is not the cause, but the answer to many of the EU problems. The reason for this is that the population of the union drastically decreases and brings with itself enormous economic and demographic challenges. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free...

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Posted on May 20, 2014 in Europe |

Famous UK entrepreneur criticizes the immigration policy of the government

One of the leading UK entrepreneurs Sir James Dyson has openly criticized the overly restrictive immigration rules that are currently being implemented in UK. Dyson, who is mostly known for its company that produces vacuum cleaners, has called a “sheer madness”, the UK policy to train foreign engineers at its universities and then not to allow them to remain in the country. Sir James founded his Dyson manufacturing company in 1993. His company sells mainly vacuum cleaners around the world. He has also developed hand dryers and a ball wheelbarrow. He is said to be worth in excess of £3bn. Recently Mr Dyson tried to expand his research and development facility in Malmesbury, by hiring 3500 new people, but he complained that the restrictive immigration policy makes it very difficult for UK companies to hire engineers. In an interview on the TV Network Sky News, he said that almost 90% of the researches in STEM areas are foreigners and the government should do something to make them feel more welcome. At the same time however the ruling Conservative coalition, which came to power in 2010 has repeatedly promised to cut the net immigration number to less than 100 000 people per year. The Prime Minister David Cameron has imposed a numerous restrictions on foreigners from outside EU and EEA in order to limit potential immigrants from coming and remaining to work and live in United Kingdom. Many industry leaders however warned that such measures will be counter productive and might do quite a lot of damage for the country’s economy. In addition to that people that work in the higher education industry have complained that the restrictive measures hit mostly the foreing students, who do not constitute significant part of UK immigrants and rarely claim government benefits. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Europe |

UK Conservative party might lose votes due to its immigration policy

The UK Conservative Party might lose some of its popularity during the next election due to the fact that its immigration policy is not popular among immigrant voters. According to the national newspaper Guardian the fact that British Citizens that belong to ethnic minorities do not support the Conservative Party might have unintended consequences on the upcoming elections. The conservative party currently attracts only 14% of the immigrant voters due to its aggressive policies on immigration. In constituencies where there are high numbers of ethnic minority voters, particularly British Asians, the opposition Labour Party holds an average lead of 16% over the Conservatives. The reason why Labour Party is more popular is because first-generation immigrants tend to earn less money than their British counterparts and they may prefer the leftist Labour party out of self-interest. At the same time however it is entirely possible that another part of the advantage is due to the fact that the Labour party supports more liberal immigration policies. There was a similar situation in USA during the 2012 elections when the anti-immigration policies of the Republican party alienated many voters from the Hispanic community, which led to the victory for the President Obama over Mitt Romney. Mr Cameron thinks that anti-immigration rhetoric is well-regarded by the general public in UK due to the fact that anti-immigration sentiments in the country ran high since the last general elections in 2010. As a leader of the coalition government he has implemented many policies that are designed to significantly cut the number of the new immigrants coming to the country. In particular, the Coalition has introduced a rule that no British citizen can bring a foreign spouse to live and work with them in the UK unless the British citizen is earning at least £18,600 per year. Many UK citizens who were affected by this policy may not support the Conservatives on the next election. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today.   deyanMore...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Europe |

Germany might expel jobless EU immigrants

The German government has plans according to which jobless immigrants will be sent to their home even if the come from EU and despite the fact those EU citizens have the right to freely move and work within the boundaries of the Union. According to a draft of a government report the unemployed EU citizens do not have the right to stay in the country provided that they do not have a reasonable chance of finding a job. In discussing the limitations on residency, the proposals pointed to an EU court ruling which said six months was an appropriate period to reassess whether someone should be allowed to stay. There are hundreds of thousands EU citizens that live in Germany and this will make the practical execution of such kind of policy very difficult. For example There are also 10,000 Bulgarians and 11,000 Romanians registered as unemployed in the country. On January 1st the last travel and work restrictions on people from Bulgaria and Romania were lifted and those two countries saw the biggest rise in the number of unemployed. Even take together however, Bulgarians and Romanians represent only a small portion of the unemployed EU citizens in Germany. The recent statistic shows that there are more than 540 000 EU immigrants that are listed as unemployed and another 700 000 that are searching for a job. Due to the large number a more feasible solution of the problem will be if the jobless immigrants are stripped by their right to receive government benefits as is the case in Belgium and United Kingdom. The EU Law allows citizens to freely live and work in any country of the Schengen area but they cannot remain there for more than 3 months if they do not have a job or enough money not to be a burden of the host state. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa, fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Mar 21, 2014 in Europe |

Britain and EU clash about immigration benefits

A new proposal from the United Kingdom to limit the rights of EU immigrants to access local welfare funds has escalated into war of words with EU officials over the free movement of workers. The UK’s Work and Pensions Minister, Ian Duncan has said that from now on EU immigrants must prove that they have earned at least 150 pounds per week in order to be able to claim any benefits. Mr Duncan Smith said that EU citizens who had been in work but had not earned £150 per week for the required period would be tested to see whether they had been in ‘genuine and effective’ employment or they would be denied benefits. According to the EU definition of the term worker ß the work that he executes must be effective and genuine. The spokesman of the European Commission however said that the introduction of a minimal income threshold as a prerequisite to receive social benefits is against the European Law. The UK however insisted that a definition of worker must be someone who earns at least 150 GBP per week. The European Commission says that it has asked the UK government to send the full details of its proposals to the Commission. The spokesman said ‘The European Commission will scrutinize very closely the latest measures announced by the UK to ensure their full compliance with EU law’. This confrontation is merely one episode of the confrontation between European Union and United Kingdom on the issue of immigration battle between the both. European commission defends the right of free movement of people with EU, while UK claims that most of the newcomers actually want only to steal money from the benefit’s system of the country. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today deyanMore...

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Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in Europe |

Germany might expel jobless EU immigrants

  The German government has plans according to which jobless immigrants will be sent to their home even if the come from EU and despite the fact those EU citizens have the right to freely move and work within the boundaries of the Union. According to a draft of a government report the unemployed EU citizens do not have the right to stay in the country provided that they do not have a reasonable chance of finding a job. In discussing the limitations on residency, the proposals pointed to an EU court ruling which said six months was an appropriate period to reassess whether someone should be allowed to stay. There are hundreds of thousands EU citizens that live in Germany and this will make the practical execution of such kind of policy very difficult. For example There are also 10,000 Bulgarians and 11,000 Romanians registered as unemployed in the country. On January 1st the last travel and work restrictions on people from Bulgaria and Romania were lifted and those two countries saw the biggest rise in the number of unemployed. Even take together however, Bulgarians and Romanians represent only a small portion of the unemployed EU citizens in Germany. The recent statistic shows that there are more than 540 000 EU immigrants that are listed as unemployed and another 700 000 that are searching for a job. Due to the large number a more feasible solution of the problem will be if the jobless immigrants are stripped by their right to receive government benefits as is the case in Belgium and United Kingdom. The EU Law allows citizens to freely live and work in any country of the Schengen area but they cannot remain there for more than 3 months if they do not have a job or enough money not to be a burden of the host state. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa, fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Europe |

Switzerland will reintroduce immigration quotes for EU citizens

Anti-immigrant movements in Europe received a boost during the last week when Switzerland voted for return on immigration quotes for EU citizens. The results from the referendum will create a lot of uncertainties in the relationships between EU and Switzerland. The referendum was initialized by the far right party which demands restrictions for EU migrants and the measures were supported by 50,4% of the voters. The vote split Switzerland east to west, with the francophone west voting against the quotas and the German-speaking east backing the clampdown. The European commission expressed its regrets about the results and said that they will have a negative impact on the bilateral relationships between Switzerland and the Union. While Switzerland is not a member of the EU, it is closely integrated with it and is part of the free passport zone known as the Schengen area. The vote to cap immigration throws this into question, undermining several bilateral agreements between Brussels and Berne, and challenging the Schengen system since the caps will also apply to EU citizens who previously enjoyed unfettered travel and working rights in Switzerland under the open borders system. It is expected that the referendum will provide a boost to many Eurosceptic parties in the Union, three months before the elections in May. The result of the vote was a little bit surprising given the fact that the preliminary result were showing that the eurosceptics will loose. In addition to that Switzerland is one of the riches countries in the world and has an unemployment rate of less than 4%. Brussels may soon demand renegotiation of some of the agreements that allow free movement of the Swiss citizens in EU and free access to the common market. About 80,000 EU citizens per year settle in Switzerland, coming from Germany, Italy and France. deyanMore...

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