EU Immigration

British Prime Minister David Cameron may be starting to stand strong on the matter of immigration into Great Britain. It sounds like he’s beginning to agree with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said four years ago

We kidded ourselves a while, we said: “They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone”, but this isn’t reality.

And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other…has failed, utterly failed.

Cameron announced measures Friday:

[M]igrants from the EU should have to wait at least four years before receiving benefits such as tax credits or access to state-subsidized housing. EU migrants also no longer would be eligible to receive state child welfare payments unless their children have moved with them to Britain, a measure which he said is designed to stop the practice of using handouts to support family in their home countries.

He also said that his proposals would be “an absolute requirement” in any renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s continued EU membership that he’s promised to conduct with the EU if he wins a second term in the elections next spring.

Britain isn’t alone in starting to take such a firm position, either. Apart from Germany, the conservative parties of France (despite President François Hollande’s words to the contrary), the Netherlands, even Sweden, are starting to demur from easy border crossing and easy access to government-funded welfare.

If it gets hard for immigrants to go there, though, where else might they go? What other western nation has notoriously porous borders?


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