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THERESA MAY was told to look closer to home for the causes of the refugee crisis yesterday, after she suggested the “European system of no borders” was to blame.
Writing in the Sunday Times, the Home Secretary puzzlingly suggested the borderless Schengen zone was responsible for the deaths of Syrian refugees.
And she indicated that foreign students would be kicked out immediately after their courses end unless they secured top jobs.
Ms May said: “When it was first enshrined, free movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders to look for work or claim benefits.
“Yet last year, four out of 10 EU migrants, 63,000 people, came here with no definite job whatsoever.
“This is a wake-up call for the EU. Its leaders must consider the consequences of uncontrolled migration — on wages, jobs and social cohesion of the destination nations, on the economies and societies of the rest and on the lives and welfare of those who seek to come here.”
But Campaign Against Euro-Federalism secretary John Boyd said Ms May was “mixing up” refugees fleeing from wartorn countries with the free movement of European labour.
“People are fleeing from north Africa and the Middle East because of the interference of the EU and other forces blasting Libya to pieces and not opposing Isis properly,” he said.
“The EU has to deal with mass migration in a humane manner. But the movement of labour is the result of the common market, which is the free movement of capital, services, goods and labour.”
Ms May also came under attack from CBI director-general John Cridland, who said the “vast majority” of migrants entering Britain were of benefit to the economy.
“Our hospitals and care homes couldn’t function without overseas workers,” he said.
“Building sites that we need to deliver more homes and big infrastructure projects would also stall [if free movement was restricted], for example.”
But the bosses’ boss also suggested the system must be geared to exclude “the minority who do not contribute.”
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