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Brexit, Oxford, and a World-Wide Workforce

In All, Brexit, Invest in the UK by Adam

The Brexit Shadow of doubt Brexit has cast shadows of doubt and uncertainty over everything in financial and immigration sectors in the UK.  Increasing numbers of EU migrants in the UK are worried about their status due to the wait to find out what deals will be struck. It’s fair to assume that the EU will want to trade off with insisting the UK accepts free movement of labour in return for access to the market.  That’s not going to happen, though. Politicians are far too concerned with appeasing voters and their demands that immigration numbers are controlled. So let’s take a simple look at what the situation could look like. How much are people really paid? Currently 10.6% of the UK work force – that’s all working people in the UK – are migrants.  This number is made up …

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What’s the Point of Immigration Control?

In All, Brexit, Uncategorized by Adam

The point of Australian rules is not just for football… The “Brexit” campaign really turned up the volume on cries for a Australian, points-based immigration system .  People wanted to know why we don’t have one, when we are going to get one, and when we are going to use it. Um. Well…we do have one.  We have had it for over 8 years. It currently only applies to non-EU migrants, and no-one knows what will happen to EU migration after the UK exits the EU.  In reality no-one really knows much about what a post “Brexit” Britain will look like. One of the main problems is a misunderstanding of the true effects of immigration on UK society.  It has become fashionable to scapegoat immigrants as the source of all evil.  The housing shortage, over-filled schools, and strain on the …

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Walking the NHS into the light: what will a post Brexit NHS look like?

In All, Brexit, Immigration Politics, Work Visa by Adam

Immigration – a burden on NHS recruitment? The burden on the NHS was one of the major issues used as a reason to leave the EU in the recent referendum. Brexit was proposed as one of the solutions as the numbers of immigrants stayed far higher than limits set by the government. Promises of £350m a week were made, and then quickly squirmed out of. Let’s assume a certain bus got a re-spray. This was linked to education and housing in an attempt to make Brexit sound like the only viable solution. However, the NHS has suffered greatly under Conservative power for many years. Substantial and regular cuts have challenged staff numbers in particular. Hospital or department closures have been widespread; redundancies growing; and serious problems in recruitment are brewing. Part of this includes the removal of the training bursary …

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Marriage Mixed with Melancholy: will star-crossed lovers ever be fully accepted?

In All, Society by Adam

“All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The twentieth century saw a wave of change in civil liberties and equality.  Women gained far more rights and independence, giving them more of a voice and a choice in their own lives. Unless, we look back to the 1940s and examine what happened to those few wishing to enter a mixed marriage. George Orwell’s satire of Stalinist Russia was published in the mid 1940s after having been rejected many times over by British and American publishers. Animal Farm has been held in high regard in the UK ever since in both English and History lessons. Throughout World War 2, soldiers fought and died beside comrades of many races and cultural heritages. They had a common enemy epitomised for his taste for ethnic cleansing.  Looking back, it almost …

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The Devil is in the Detail: why you need the Professionals

In All, Immigration by Adam

One of the most challenging aspects of UK immigration is how the Home Office go to great lengths to make it appear relatively simple.  They helpfully put all the guidance online, showing the eligibility requirements for the different visas.  Anyone can just check they have everything and apply. So who needs the Professionals? Right? Except it isn’t really that simple, and today there will be hundreds, if not thousands of people opening refusal letters that have completely confused them.  They remember that they checked, doubled-checked and triple-checked everything before they posted it, along with hundreds or thousands of pounds in application fees. So what went wrong? That comes down to the specified, detailed evidence and requirements that aren’t so readily accessible online on the Gov.UK website.  They are available, of course, but they are hidden deeper in the internet, much …

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Free movement: all bets are off for Brexit

In All, Brexit by Adam

The EU Referendum was a gamble – but nowhere near as much as Brexit will be. It’s fair to say no-one has any real idea what will happen when Britain formally begins the process of leaving the EU – or “Brexit.”  The only thing that has become abundantly clear is that those who claimed “certainty” during the referendum campaigns were either woefully optimistic or desperately pessimistic.  Mostly they were simply constructing truths that had no real merit. Yes: lying. Fears as yet unfounded; promises impossible to substantiate. There is only one thing almost guaranteed by Brexit is: change will happen.  Thinking about it logically, it would be naïve, if not purely arrogant for Britain to assume it holds all the cards and can march slap-dash across EU membership.  The UK can’t throw out its responsibilities towards the Union at the same time …