Generation Brexit

Skilled vs. Unskilled: Masking Racial Discrimination

Jessica Wang
Jessica Wang | 9 months ago | in Brexit and Multiculturalism

With today’s announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet has agreed unanimously with the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on post-Brexit immigration policy (, it is almost guaranteed that skilled workers will be given preference over unskilled workers following Brexit next spring. This effectively halts the free movement of workers throughout the EU – which has been a main goal of PM May – in the UK.

Proponents of this policy argue that it promotes migration from other parts of the world, as people from the EU will be subject to the same immigration laws as those from elsewhere. In reality, it discriminates against migrants from certain places, such as sub-saharan Africa and the Middle East, as these immigrants are often unskilled workers – many of whom have escaped violence and instability in their home countries – who are looking for better lives in Europe. Additionally, this policy discriminates against current EU citizens who seek to work in the UK or have worked there in the past. While this immigration stance might seem more fair to those outside of the EU, it contains underlying racial discrimination that cannot be overlooked.

Caitlin McDonald-Curry 9 months ago

The PM simply cannot do this and comply with her own standards. The Conservatives have previously stated that they are not in the business of separating families in the style of Trump however, not all children have two skilled parents, not all doctors are married to other doctors. Aside from the complete moral deficiency of putting more value on one person's life than another; it is not possible to give preference to some and not split up families.

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Shae McKenna 9 months ago

I disagree, I believe this policy needs to be taken with some historical reminders. As reported by The Economist; ( up until 2016-17 migration had been at an all time high. Which is inclusive of all sorts of backgrounds. Though I think it is clearly obvious that from recent political events that these profile most likely will be of low skill. Due to the events of refugees making it not only easier to get into (despite not being a refugee) and, since the EU has been speculated to still be suffering from 2008 (if not generally low growth). Thus, a policy like this is not necessarily unjust given its context. Although yes I do admit it is restrictive upon those with unfortunate backgrounds. The EU has admitted generously many before them. I honestly believe that due to the refugee and immigrant crisis the unsustainable levels of migration would not have been reached and thus, continuation of more equitable legislation could have been achieved.

Additionally, I would like to extend that this is apart of the conservative thinking thus far. As, they are concerned with both security and economics. As, the immigrants have increase the prospect of violence and crime as reflected here: ( and,Terrorism in Great Britain: the statistics). Both of which suggest an increase in terroristic crime for the first time in at least a decade. Which is completely separate from general crime due to its usual strong correlation to immigrant and non-citizen perpetrators. Additionally, basic economics suggests that poor, unskilled immigrants could bring even slower growth and dependency on the government. Collectively, this would suggest that recent EU policy has the utmost probability of subjecting the british people and EU member states to danger and stagnation.

To conclude, I would refrain from an assumption of racism or discrimination particularly that of being unjust. As, in reflection of the data it would seem rather strategic and, in promotion of the British people which many have believed was disgraced by the EU for a long time.

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