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Research into UK Immigration from Eastern Europe.

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UK Migration First Article: Immigration influx last year was second highest on record as 500,000 foreigners make Britain home This article is describing the flow of immigrants to the UK and gives a number of figures to describe this... 1650 immigrants entered Britain each day last year etc. It outlines the effects the economic downturn has had on the flow of immigration. It leads on to talk about the issues British people have with immigration figures and the social problems it can cause. This article is from the daily mail and talks mainly of the disadvantages that immigration is bringing to the UK; it doesn't give a balanced argument or explain any of the positive factors. The Daily Mail is a tabloid newspaper and therefore will give an opinion on the matter rather than a balanced argument. Second Article: UK migration: What Figures mean The second article gives a very structured description of the figure relating to UK migration. ...read more.

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Of that 27,000 child benefit applications were approved. The government predicted there would be 15,000 people a year from the new EU member countries moving to the UK for work. But between May 2004 and June 2006 the government approved just over 427,095 work applications. 264,560 are from Poland. The other migrants on the worker registration scheme are from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. How has the Schengen Agreement impacted the migration? Most national border controls within the EU were taken away in 1995 when the Schengen Agreement came into force meaning an easier movement of people and goods within the EU. Passports don't usually have to be shown at borders either. The UK did not sign the agreement and kept the border controls. In 2004, when Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic joined the EU, the UK decided to allow free migration of these people. ...read more.

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I am sure why all Polish people come to England. "They are looking for a better life, for work ... and money. First thing, I think, is the money." Where in the UK are the migrants living? There has been a Polish community in London for decades, centred around Hammersmith but Polish migrants are very dispersed amongst the UK. Herefordshire has become a rural migration hotspot after an influx of eastern European migrant farm workers. An estimated 120,000 eastern European migrants registered in UK rural areas between 2004 and 2006, 8,100 of them in Herefordshire. There are also a large number of east European migrants in Scotland. The majority of migrants are young Poles - 80% under 35, which is a factor which starts to affect the population structure of a country with an ageing population. Why you ask are the polish immigrants found in such locations? Some migrants are seasonal agricultural workers so are found in rural areas where there is work. In Scotland, employers value the Polish work ethic and some businesses depend on migrants. Salmon processing in the Highlands has a 30% migrant workforce. ...read more.

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