UK ready for more immigration crackdown should euro collapse

UK ready for more immigration crackdown should euro collapse
Published:  28 May at 6 PM
The UK’s Home Office is discussing contingency plans to limit the amount of economic migrants arriving from Greece and other nations within the EU if the euro collapses.

EU regulations permit citizens to work in any country within the region, including Britain, with the exception of two new members, Bulgaria and Romania. People looking to work in a different country could see the UK as an appealing option as it is not a eurozone nation.

Home Secretary Theresa May said that “work is ongoing” in relation to restricting immigration from mainland Europe should there be a financial collapse. She didn’t give too much information away, but the UK government is in a strong position as rules are already put in place to limit immigration in the event of extreme situations.

May claimed there was no evidence suggesting immigration was on the up, and that it is tough to predict how the situation will develop in the short term. Her statement seemed to contradict official data that showed net migration to Britain over the 12 months to September last year was at 252,000, over two times the government’s target of less than 100,000 people per year.