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Deja vu as Britain turns to nasty immigration problems that are likely not there

Monday, 25 March 2013
The rise of the far right British anti EU party, UK Independent party (UKIP), the struggling of the coalition government (LibCon coalition) to jump start the UK flagging economy has made all the major parties in this country go nasty on immigration.
It is no new news that the British anti EU party, the UK Independent Party wants Britain to fully close its borders to any EU immigrant and to withdraw from the EU. The party has been gaining grounds in the polls especially as news was hyped that immigrants form Romania and Bulgaria would freely move into the UK and claim benefits and housing. This has brought commotion into the ranks of the British main political parties thus showing how they lack the knowledge of how the British policy on EU migration works.
After the Labour party apologised recently about the mistakes they made when they were in office, they said that they will improve their immigration policy if the get back to office.

According to the Guardian Newpaper, the political rhetoric over immigration will further intensify on Monday as David Cameron promises to ban all EU nationals from claiming most benefits after six months in the UK unless they can prove they have been continuously looking for work over that period.
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However, the proposal does not go as far as banning EU migrants' access to income-related benefits entirely for the first year in the UK, as had previously been suggested. However, the proposal may still put the UK at odds with the EU over restrictions on free movement of workers.

Cameron will also set out plans to restrict foreigners from access to social housing if they have not been resident in the UK for five years, plans widely trailed over the weekend, as well as making it easier for the NHS to claim back the costs of treating people from overseas.

Media reports in 2012 said that Britain was home to 2.33million immigrants from other EU countries, more than almost anywhere else in Europe. Only Spain and Germany were reported to be home to more. The reports suggested that just under a third of all immigrants living in Britain have come from other EU countries.

The meant that more immigrants came from outside the EU but today, EU citizens living in the UK are facing hostilities from the right part of the media and political class.
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