UK’s prime minister, Theresa May plans to offer 2-year work visas to EU citizens below the age of thirty after Brexit. The idea is to use this avenue to fill in the gap of the UK’s rising shortage of low-skilled workers. But then, the prime minister is only willing to make this concession if EU-member states will reciprocate by making same offers to British citizens.
The Motive behind This Move
May believes that businesses in Britain will have the need to keep relying on EU migrants for their low-skilled workforce unless they are forced to take the alternative of training more Brits for these jobs and increasing their pay. But in this concession, Britain’s prime minister is willing to offer EU citizens 2-year employment visas provided that they reciprocate with the same deal. She has made known her plans to subject all immigrants — including EU citizens — to the same immigration rule once Brexit happens.
However, some Brits have taken to Twitter to respond to the news. One user condemns the plans saying that they are in tatters and that it doesn’t matter what she does now. On other user doesn’t believe in the excuse of workers being in shortage.
However, the UK already has a “youth mobility scheme” in place, and it is accessible to some countries across the globe. Beneficiaries of this scheme from Australia have 34,000 slots. Meanwhile, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Monaco, Japan have 1,000 slots each.
Just last October, UK’s Migration Advisory Committee, MAC for short, advised that the eligibility for the scheme be thrown open to all EU-member states under a new skilled-based system.
MAC recommended that jobs that pay below £30,000 be grouped under the low-skilled category. But this idea too has critics saying that that amount covers a lot of low-skilled-jobs that are lacking in manpower.
However, word from the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid says that the Government isn’t going to make their considerations based on salary levels alone.
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