Blogs by Don Flynn
DF – Josh, can you tell us something about yourself and why you became motived to do something about the £35k earnings threshold?
JH- I’d known the threshold was coming since mid-2015, only because it affected my friend Shannon who was growing increasingly distressed and anxious. I was waiting for people more qualified or experienced than me to start doing something. I was googling it at the start of the year and realised with growing dread that barely anyone was even talking about it, let alone opposing it. I wondered how it was possible to quietly usher thousands of people out of the country without even a whisper of resistance. An hour later I’d started the petition.
Europe is a turbulent continent located in a turbulent region of the world.
Throughout its history is has been a centre for large-scale movements of people, generated by warfare, political tension, the collapse of states, not to mention the mundane issue of the desire for better opportunities in times of economic hardship.
And during the 20th century it has seen refugee or migration crises – call them what you will – occurring every 25 to 30 years.
Examples include the mass movement of ethnic Greeks from Anatolia and the Black Sea following the defeat of the army of the Republic of Pontus in 1923 which brought one and a half million people into modern-day Greece.
The interior and home affairs ministers of the EU countries are gathering in Amsterdam today and tomorrow in in what is being described as an informal meeting to discuss the latest phase of the region’s migration crisis.
The current Dutch presidency of the EU has set the context for their discussion with the dire warning that the Schengen agreement will fail within two months if a way is not fund to contain the movement of refugees now spilling out across the continent.
The latest news coverage on the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is indicating that David Cameron expects to finish his efforts at renegotiation and that a vote might take place as early as June.
MRN doesn’t expect to be getting involved in the big questions of whether the EU overall has been good or bad for Britain but we will be setting out our views on one issue that many think lie at the heart of this vexatious question: the right to freedom of movement.
Pulled in opposite directions
Immigration issues in the news during the first ten days of 2016 seem to be pulling liberal instincts in two opposite directions.
On one hand we’ve seen the distressing images coming from the Syrian town of Madaya, where tens of thousands of people have been subjected to a blockade involving food supplies. Hundreds of distressing cases of malnutrition are being reported with children being particularly affected. These numbers are likely to grow much larger if the hardship confronting the town and its citizens are not quickly relieved.
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