Free movement of East European labour has 'potentially
December 10, 2002
In a response to a Foreign Office announcement on December 10 concerning
the free entry of East European workers to Britain when
additional states join the EU, MigrationwatchUK issued the following:
'The announcement of immediate Free Movement for workers from EU candidate
countries on accession is a decision with potentially massive consequences.
With other major economies delaying opening their labour markets,
there could be a very substantial flow of East European labour into
Britain. This, added to the very large inflow from the Third World,
still further strain on our public services and make the South East
even more over-crowded. Furthermore, the so called safeguards will
be of little or no value since citizens of the candidate countries
will not be counted in or out once they are members of the EU.'