Selby and our surrounding industrial industries have been propped up over the last ten years by EU migrants generally from Eastern Europe. Our high street is now flourishing with Polish delicatessens and many of our streets have been joined by Eastern European families. British children now learn side by side in the classroom with their European counterparts... Has this not enhanced their view of the world and enriched the class room with different culture dynamics. Many of the regions teachers would suggest so...
Local farmers and industries have employed hundreds of migrants to do work which some prudish or should we say lazy local people would turn those nose up at, from fruit picking to harvesting. However many local EU migrants have high skilled jobs in our communities from doctors, nurses, teachers, dentists. Eu migrants have often bridged our skill gap that our communities are missing.
So why is Nigel Adams supporting the Ghastly Brexit camp and elitist Bullingdon club Boris Johnson? Hopefully Nigel will release a statement on his website soon, although as of yet we can not see anything.
So what are the benefits The benefits of EU Migration -
NHS England boss Simon Stevens has stated that the UK has 130,000 European doctors, nurses and care workers in the health industry. Many could quit the NHS in the wake of a Brexit because of uncertainty over work visas. If for example even a tenth of this workforce left our NHS would fail over night. Operations would be cancelled, wards would be completely over run and waiting times would increase dramatically. Many senior NHS doctors, physicians and surgeons are from the EU.
Research carried out by the London School of economics relating to the effects of immigration on Yorkshire found that - Immigrants are younger and better educated than their UK-born counterparts, on average (Table 2). The most recent immigrants are better educated still. Around 10% of all migrants are in full-time education. Immigrants are over-represented in the very high-skilled and very low-skilled occupations. And secondly There are potential economic benefits associated with migration, especially to fill gaps in the UK labour market – where there are shortages of workers, whether high- or low-skilled. While there may be costs to particular groups, there is little evidence of an overall negative impact on jobs or wages. http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/pa014.pdf
Every British citizen has the opportunity to travel, work and live freely in any of the 28 member states. 2.2 million of us Brits live in the EU. If the country votes leave this could jeopardise our right to move and work across the EU. It could also put at risk high skilled migrants coming to the UK.
Britain has a mass shortage of skilled workers, especially in manufacturing, science, architecture, health and education, Britain uses highly skilled EU migrants in all of our industries. Our EU neighbours work in our universities, hospitals, doctors, dentists. In our local cities Leeds, European migrants have worked on mass developments in Leeds such as the development of the Trinity Centre, the reconstruction of Leeds railway station and the current development of Victoria Gate. http://www.victoriagate.co.uk/
The EU invests millions of pounds in Yorkshire. Czech-based Energeticky a prumyslovy holding bought Eggborough Power Station in 2014, saving hundreds of local jobs. Being part of the EU free trading block allowed for heavy business rates and tax to be kept to a minimum. This investment has helped our local economy. Energeticky has enclosed a plan to make Eggborough power station more eco friendly enabling a biomass future securing jobs for the future. Future investments could be put at risk by leaving the EU.
It only costs us 26p each a day to be a member of the European Union. For every £1 paid by the British tax payer it is estimated the economy receives £10 per person per head in return.
Eu directives have given you equal pay, maternity leave, higher wages, protection at work, food free of harmful chemicals and GMO. The EU holds to account our current government who has tried to ban the UK being part of the human rights acts.
The UK receives over 2 billion a year in science and research funding which is linked to over 8,000 jobs. The UK is the largest recipient of this funding. The offered 500m non repayable tax free to the UK to help with the flooding crisis. Our current government turned down these funds.
If the UK left the European Union, tarrifs and taxes would be put onto deals between the UK and Europe meaning selling products would be more expensive for local businesses. This could also result in less investment for Yorkshire as a region. Yorkshires economy is booested by Multi-million pound European investments into our local cities however a vote leave would mean that any future business investments would likely be hit by high business , taxes and tarrifs.
What are the pitfalls of EU migration?
Some would suggest, our schools are full and the it is hard to get a doctors appointment. But does this argument add up? Aren't many of your doctors and nurses EU migrants? A lack of funding from the government and a divide and rule system under the current government has enhanced this view.
Integration and changing communities. It has been argued that EU migrants do not integrate into local communities. This generally is not a problem in Selby but could be helped in other communities with local youth clubs and charity organisations to bridge the gap to integrate migrants into society. Generally EU migrants speak english. One must ask how many British expats speak the language of their new countries across the EU. How many British Expats living in Spain speak Espanyol? Many British people complain about their culture being at threat from migrants, however many are happy to holiday in Spain and the Canary Islands where 2 million British migrants have changed Spanish culture and their residencies indefinitely.
At Selby Everyday we hold the view that the Brexit camp is selling you a sour grape, concentrating completely on immigration. Nor Michael Gove, Chris Grayling or Boris Johnson will tell you that immigration will be reduced if we leave the EU. The UK will still have to adhere to freedom of movement. And that being said the UK like Norway will still have to pay funds to be apart of the European Union. Some residents have expressed their feelings that the UK should be at the heart of Europe helping shape the future. Some of reminded us that during WW2 our soldiers fought against right wing nazism and nationalism, the exact starting point some Brexiteers are navigating from. The Uk has to responsibility for the current migrant crisis because British made bombs have been pilling down on the middle east for the last decade.
Overall have you ever heard of the saying, "better the devil you know"? Leaving Europe is a complete un known, but its sure to say in simple terms our local economy would take a hit, the pound would plummit and the cost of your holiday would rise if you were to vote leave on June 23rd.
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