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Opening the door to more EU migrants makes me nervous, says planning minister

Opening the door to more EU migrants makes me nervous, says planning minister | imigrantes | Scoop.it

The planning minister admits he is ‘nervous’ about the impact of an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians who will have a ‘right to a home’ in Britain.

Nick Boles backed Government proposals to try to deter incomers from the two countries when controls are lifted on January 1.

He warned that many of the 1.7million people who moved to England alone during Labour’s decade in power had become residents or citizens and were putting ‘a lot of pressure’ on the housing system.

Mr Boles criticised the last government and said ministers must take a ‘very strict’ approach when the controls end.

‘We should have been more worried about the pressure on housing and other public services from the last set of entrant countries and [Labour] went into that with, you know, deep complacency as a government.’

Speaking to the Spectator magazine, he continued: ‘They ended up in a very, very difficult situation, the ripples from which are going to affect an entire generation.

‘The fact that 1.7million people moved into England in one decade and need housing, and you know, they are British now. I believe that they have as much of a right to a home as your or I.

‘But that places a lot of pressure on the system, which was already not delivering, and we have an ageing population. So I would be nervous about it... and I would strongly encourage all of the noises about having very strict application of the rules.

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Comenzó protesta contra Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros en España — teleSUR

Una masiva protesta se lleva este sábado en Madrid contra los Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros, donde son trasladados los inmigrantes indocumentados y denuncian racismo.

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Agata Bąk's curator insight, February 4, 2013 1:28 PM

We're getting more and more conscious about the situation of asylum seekers and inmigrants in Refugees Centres all over the continent. Several European cities face refugees' protests. Here, a protest in Spain, after the death of 34-year old Samba Martine, apparently after having requested repeteadly medical attention in prison, where she'd been waiting for the deportation. She was brought to hospital only ours before her death.