Until recently, most of us would have dismissed such a question as ridiculous, but until recently the employment and immigration status of EU nationals in the UK has been clear: they have the right to live, work and study in the UK under the principles of free movement, as do their dependants.
Hundreds of thousands of EU migrants have come to the UK over the last decade. They have contributed significantly to the UK economy, particularly in sectors where there are labour shortages in the resident labour market, such as hospitality, agriculture and healthcare. According to a GMB study of figures produced by the Office for National Statistics, in at least 18 specialist industries EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force. Continue reading