Originally Posted by Rammitinski
I think that probably a lot of people from outside the country don't realize the sheer numbers involved - I mean they're just pouring in at the rate of millions per year - and most of them from one country - a third world one. And these are some of their poorest people. There's also a pretty good amount of lawlessness and criminality that comes with that, also. As if we didn't already have enough of that to deal with.
It costs the average citizen much more than they're getting out of it. There's just a lot of unfairness involved.
Also, even though we're nowhere near the southern border, it's not true here in the Chicago area about it being only about 5% Spanish channels. At least 1/3 of the analog and digital channels and subchannels are Spanish. The whole city has almost been completely taken over by them, and the suburbs also have a pretty high concentration.
For info - this BBC News report covers the situation in the UK :http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7047610.stmhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5376602.stm
According to the statistics quoted in that report, 1/8th of the UK working population is now formed of migrant workers. This includes Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian citizens working here as well as EU citizens (who have a right to live and work anywhere in Europe)
There is a culture in Aus/NZ where people in their 20s come to the UK to work for a few years, and to see Europe, though more and more are staying longer.
In the UK broadcast industry there are increasing numbers of skilled picture editors, camera operators etc. working over here from other countries with English as their first language - and also from Scandinavia. (I've worked with excellent picture editors from Norway and Iceland in the last couple of years - both of whom had perfect English and a very dry sense of humour)
The migrant workers from Eastern Europe seem to split into roughly, very roughly, three groups :
1. Very skilled professionals - Doctors, Nurses and now teachers - who come to the UK to both earn more money and work in a different environment.
2. Skilled manual workers - Builders, Plumbers, Electricians etc. - who come for a couple of years to earn money to allow them to build a much better life in their home country. They are here to work, do a good job, but are not looking to migrate permanently. In some ways this is one of the upsides of the more open borders in Europe - people can go where the work is, and where they will be well paid.
3. Unskilled workers - This is the area where the UK is having to be careful. Some Eastern European people, particularly from unskilled, poorly educated backgrounds, are being lured here to work, almost as slave labour, in agriculture (picking fruit and vegetables) and need to be protected in the same way a British worker would be. (Minimum wage, Health and Safety etc.) These people should enjoy rights the same as UK workers - they are here legally after all - but they are often exploited.
Some of these counties were not part of Europe until recently - and migrants from these countries would previously have been entering the UK illegally before they became EU citizens. In many ways legalising this migration has been a good thing - as it hopefully reduces the chances of exploitation.
I think Britain has become a major destination for many migrants in Europe because of the language. Almost all European countries teach English as their main foreign language in schools - and the quality of spoken English in many Eastern European countries, and in particular the Baltic states, has rapidly increased, to the point where many who have completed a secondary education have a perfectly useful level of English.
For Brits, the last 5 years have seen a huge influx of Polish and other former Eastern European citizens - but Poles have been the mainstay. It has taken the country very much by surprise (in hindsight maybe it shouldn't - as Poland and the UK have historic links - with the UK being the home to many Poles during WWII, particularly the Polish Air Force, and many stayed and made lives here) - but although there is a bit of rumbling about "people coming over here and taking our jobs" - this doesn't actually seem to be the case. It is more a case of "people coming over here and doing the jobs we couldn't find people to do"
What is surprising is the massive increase in mainstream supermarkets selling Polish produce, Polish shops springing up, and even Polish language editions of English newspapers being published.
For me it is a bonus of being a member of Europe, it also means I can easily work, or have a holiday residence, in mainland Europe if I want to, which does have an appeal.