Blogs by Don Flynn
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.
Switzerland’s population of 8 million includes just over 1.7 million foreign nationals, giving it one of the largest immigrant portions – 22% of the total – in the advanced industrial world. A small nation which has prospered though its mixture of high labour specialisation in industry and services, it has the reputation of being one of the most stable economies in the world. Unemployment is low, at just under 3% measured in 2012, and the standard of living is high for the 92% who live above the official poverty line.
The last blog finished by asking what supporters of the rights of migrants should be calling for today.
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