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National Union of Journalists appeals to MPs to reject new immigration rules

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UK’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the MPs to oppose the new Tier 2 immigration rules being debated in the Commons today.

More than 100,000 people signed the petition set up by the campaign group #Stop35k opposing the government’s rules requiring non-EU citizens to earn £35k in order to qualify for settlement.

signatureThe £35k threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK will be implemented in April. The new rules stipulate that an individual born outside the EU – including those already resident – must earn at least £35,000 to be allowed to settle in the country.

Should the Parliament approve the proposed changes, many media workers in the UK risk of being deported. The NUJ said these proposals will impact on media workers including people who are employed at the BBC World Service.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “We are urging parliament to think again about the government’s latest immigration proposals. We are calling on the government to engage in dialogue with trade unions and industry experts about alternative proposals that are suitable for specific industries – so we can avoid deporting media workers from the UK.”

An NUJ member affected by the proposals said: “My work had to prove no British person could do my job in order to hire me and I’ve paid all my fees to remain. I’ve also been paying into the tax and national insurance system for years. I’ve lived here for over seven years and have made this my home. If forced to leave I will be leaving a job I really enjoy, my partner who I love and a community I helped build outside of work.”

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