Blogs by Don Flynn
The coalition of groups supporting the call to mark UN Anti-Racism Day on March 22nd achieved a notable success in bringing out 10,000 people to the parade and gather in Trafalgar Square on that day.
This year May 22nd has been chosen by organisations across Europe to celebrate the work of movements working against racism. In the UK we will be marking it with events in Cardiff, Glasgow and London.
Immigration studies has emerged as an important discipline in colleges and universities across the world, with probably scores of research centres being established in the UK along over the last decade or so. Contributions have come from sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, political scientist, economists and philosophers over this time, giving anyone moved to make a systematic review of the literature quite a job in terms of catching up on what is being said and thought about the subject.
The divisions which have been long known to divide the parties in the coalition came into spectacular view last week when two government ministers clashed in their interpretation of immigration facts in speeches given on separate public platforms.
Today's announcement from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which sets out the proposal to impose an earnings requirement of £150 per week over a three month period as a condition for acquiring the status of 'worker' is likely to prove a major blow to the principle of equality of treatment between mobile EU citizens and host nation natives.
At the present time EU law requires that an EU national be considered a worker within the meaning of the EU treaties when she has placed herself in employment which is considered to be 'genuine and effective'. This means that there is a genuine need on the part of the employer for the post to be filled, irrespective of the number of hours being offered or the rate of pay.
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