to boost its economy, for example. “One can’t help noting the curious point that

those regions with the most EEA nationals are the regions that were least in favour of Brexit. Given that EEA nationals could not vote in the referendum without having first become British, one could suggest that those who have the most day-to-day experience of EEA migration are the most in favour because they see and experience its rich benefits.”

EEA AND NON-EEA IMMIGRATION Looking further afield to migration to the UK from the rest of the world, Naomi Hanrahan- Soar says, “The migration statistics reflect that the UK’s educational institutions remain one of its most attractive features as the immigration of non-EEA students continues to rise. “EEA net migration has risen again over

the past year after a dip post-referendum, perhaps driven by a desire to grab the opportunity of Free Movement before it is gone. However, the dip in EEA net migration could also be seen as stabilisation as economists predicted would naturally occur after an initial increase to reflect the countries newly admitted to the Free Movement system. “Non-EEA net migration has been

continuing to rise since 2013 and is at some of its highest levels since records began in 1975. This is largely driven by students coming to the UK for higher education, particularly from East and South East Asia. Student

visas do not lead to settlement in the UK, so those migrants would usually need to find an alternative visa route by the end of their studies, such as a work or investment visa, if they wish to remain in the UK longer-term.”

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – THE HUMAN TRAGEDY Yash Dubal, Director of A Y & J Solicitors, has been dismayed by scenes of migrants crossing from France aboard flimsy boats and inflatables. He believes that many of them are risking their lives unnecessarily as they may qualify for jobs in the UK legally. He is now offering to use his experience of the UK’s confusing immigration system and inviting migrants to contact his company confidentially so their chances of gaining lawful employment in the UK can be assessed. Mr Dubal said, “There is a common

misconception that people migrating from poor nations are themselves poor and uneducated. This is not always the case. Often migrants are well-qualified. Migration is an investment for them and their families. “I’m asking anyone stuck in France

and attempting to come to the UK illegally who has a college education or experience working in one of Britain’s shortage occupations [in the UK these include engineers, medical practitioners, IT developers and programmers] to get in touch.”



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