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Don Flynn Feb 29, 2016
Even Brexit supporters seem to agree that the UK will still need immigration in or out the EU. So what options are there for replacing free movement?
There has been much talk in recent times about the potential for a ‘points-based scheme’ (PBS) being used to control immigration in the event that the UK votes to leave the EU in the June referendum. The supporters of this approach frequently cite the example of Australia as providing a model which would allow a ‘tougher’ attitude to be taken to admitting the migrants who the UK authorities believe are necessary for the UK economy.
Don Flynn Feb 5, 2016
Josh Harbord wasn’t sure what response he’d get to his petition protesting against the regulation requiring migrants to be earning £35,000 before they could settle in the UK. His initiative is set to get above and beyond the 100,000 signatures need to force a debate in Parliament. He tells Don Flynn more in this interview about why he started and where he hopes to go with this campaign.
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.
Don Flynn Jan 4, 2016
Welcome to this first MRN blog of the New Year. We hope the seasonal holidays provided the opportunity for some peace and rest for all of you, and you are back in a campaigning mode to face the challenges that 2016 will bring. Here’s our list of five that we think will be to the fore.
Getting the UK to pull its weight in Europe’s refugee crisis With major conflicts continuing to rage across the Middle East, added to by streams of people converging on the region from the war-torn areas of the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan, it is absolutely clear that this is an issue that will continue to dominate the news headline over the coming year.
Don Flynn Nov 2, 2015
Victims of exploitative employers or ‘illegal workers’ who should be thrown out the country? Government anti-slavery plans are in danger of failing unless this dangerous ambiguity is addressed.
Victims of exploitative employers or ‘illegal workers’ who should be thrown out the country?  Government anti-slavery plans are in danger of failing unless this dangerous ambiguity is addressed. Two bits of news last week will be seen as unwelcome by all those who think the Modern Slavery Act will have finally crack the problem of exploited labour. The first comes from information that the Edmonton MP, Kate Osamor, managed to dig out from the Home Office after around a round of relentless questioning back in October. In queries put to the government’s new Modern Slavery Minister, Karen Bradley, Osamor sought information on the numbers of people identified as victims of forced labour and who had been granted a safe haven. 
Don Flynn Oct 6, 2015 2 Comment(s)
Mrs May set out her stall on immigration during her speech to the Conservative conference. Its dismissal themes have already been challenged, often from surprising quarters. But we need a campaigning perspective to defeat her plans to roll back the rights of refugees and migrants.
Home Secretary Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday has been condemned even in the pages of the truest and bluest of Tory journals. Her claim that there is no economic benefit to the UK from immigration was picked apart by James Kirkup, the executive editor of the Daily Telegraph, who described it as an “awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech”.
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