EU member states raise immigration concerns with Irish presidency - European News | Latest News from Across Europe | The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 26, 2013
Only last week it was reported that a new social housing development with units costing €230K each to build(complete with high tech solar panel systems) ended up with more than half of the properties going to foreign nationals.Four EU member states have written to Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Alan Shatter requesting that the free movement of workers within the European Union is discussed at June’s meeting of justice and home affairs ministers
In a letter seen by the Irish Times the home affairs ministers of Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria point out that “a significant number of new immigrants draw social assistance in the host countries, frequently without a genuine entitlement, burdening the host countries’ social welfare systems”.
This is putting a strain on essential services in some countries, particularly in the area of schooling, healthcare and accommodation, the letter argues.
“Arrangements at national or EU level that allow those who have only recently arrived in a member state and have never been employed or paid taxes there to claim the same social security benefits as that member state’s own citizens are an affront to common sense and ought to be reviewed urgently,” it continues.
Shatter has before sensibly resisted moves to allow asylum seekers to work explaining that such a move increases the numbers of people applying for asylum. What he said at the time was very interesting.
Ireland out of step with Europe in treatment of asylum seekers - Nasc - Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 02, 2013
Shatter seems to be saying here that protecting workers in Ireland is important.“Extending the right to work to asylum seekers would almost certainly have a profoundly negative impact on application numbers, as was experienced in the aftermath of the July 1999 decision to do so,” he said.
“The immediate effect of that measure was a threefold increase in the average number of applications per month leading to a figure of 1,217 applications in December 1999 compared with an average of 364 per month for the period January to July 1999.
“Any change in public policy in this area would have to have regard to the very large numbers of people unemployed in this country,” he added.
I of course am concerned with the population replacement aspects of free movement but I have also shown there are significant savings to be made from reducing the handouts to foreign unemployed people living here.
I'm sure Minister Shatter will allow and facilitate the home secretaries throughout the EU discuss protective measures to insulate their respective working classes from wage deflation, unemployment and pressure on school and local services.