The Brexit Bubble: Migration Will Change but is British Citizenship the Answer?
Immigration has always been a hot topic in the political world, but with Britain’s EU referendum set to take place on June 23, 2016, it’s now in the spotlight more than ever.
A recent report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has suggested that record numbers of EU migrants came to the UK in the last year. Released in mid-May, the latest figures show that 252,000 EU workers entered the country between May 2014 and May 2015, taking the overall number of EU migrants in the country to 2,146,000.
For those on the "leave" side of the vote, these stats are the reason Britain needs to leave the EU. However, according to some experts, Britain’s exit from the EU will have little impact on the number of people wanting to move to the country for work.
Stay or Go: Things Will Change Regardless
Indeed, one of the major sticking points for any EU decision is access to the single market. If Britain leaves the EU but still wants access to the single market like Norway, then it would have to allow free-flowing migration for EU citizens. Of course, there is the possibility that a deal could be struck, but the likelihood is that EU migration won’t cease to exist completely.
However, what is clear is that the situation will likely become a lot more complicated after June 23. Whether it’s a complete exit from the EU or a new relationship under David Cameron’s terms, EU migration will look very different in the coming months.
An "in" vote will be met with new sanctions which, according to official figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, would have affected 84,000 migrants if it was active four years ago. On the other side of the coin, an "out" vote could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of EU migrants.
What About British citizenship for EEA Nationals?
Essentially, when it comes down to it, we just don’t know how things will change, but we know that they will. Of course, for those living in the UK for 5+ years, British citizenship for EEA nationals is always an option.
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