Italy Clamps Down on Potential Asylum Seekers

The government in Italy is poised to sign into law a decree which restricts the avenues through which illegal immigrants can claim asylum in Italy.  The law, known as the Salvini Bill, is also expected to restrict asylum seekers’ access to housing, and make it easier for them to be deported if they are merely accused of having committed crimes.

The current Italian regime has taken a hard line against humanitarian immigration, stating that it aims to rid the country of “crafty” migrants who are not truly fleeing wars in their home countries.

Human rights watch has called this a “new low” in Italy’s immigration policy and fears that many peoples lives will be put at risk by this hardline approach.  However, the Italian government’s view is that this will make the country safer by removing those who are considered to be “socially dangerous” from the community.

The Guardian’s reporting of this story can be found here.

EU Workers To Be Denied Preferential Treatment (UK)

The UK Government has decided in principle to follow the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee and deny EU workers preferential treatment to treat EU nationals the same as every other national after Brexit.   Although this decision is not binding in the long term, it indicates that the government is prepared to follow the MAC’s recommendations regardless of the potential impact on negotiations with the EU.

The MAC had earlier confirmed that European Migration is not detrimental for the UK, but is no more beneficial than travel from the rest of the world.  According to their research, there’s no justification for treating EU migrants differently.  Rather, they recommended that the current Tier 2 work permit routes be opened up to include Europeans, that the monthly visa cap be removed and that the minimum salary for qualification be set at £30,000.

It is yet to be seen what the European Union’s reaction might be to this UK position and how it might impact the Brexit negotiations, particularly the fate of the many Britons currently living within the European Union.

The BBC’s reporting of this story can be found here.

Brexit – EU Low Skilled Migration May Be Impacted

The UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that the UK treats EU migrants the same as non-EU post Brexit, assuming immigration is not a part of any final Brexit deal with the European Union.   The MAC’s recommendation is that existing Tier 2 visa rules be applied globally, and that the minimum salary requirement be placed at £30,000.  The committee advised that migration from the EU is not overall of significant benefit or detriment to the UK, and that the real benefit lies in the migration of highly skilled workers, whether they come from the EU or not.  So, in the absence of any hindering reciprocal agreement with Europe, the MAC’s academic position is that low skilled migration from Europe should be curbed, free movement between the UK and Europe ended, and all people from all nationalities be required to apply for work permits if they would wish to live and work in the UK.

It is however widely believed that immigration will be a key part of any final Brexit Deal, and so the UK Government might find it difficult to implement the MAC’s recommendations.

The full committee report can be found here.