Hungarian parliament decision feared to have impact on UK
01 June 2010: With nearly half a million Ukrainians and Serbians given the right to live, work and claim benefits in the UK, Britain has been warned to expect a new wave of immigration from Eastern Europe.
This follows the passing of a Controversial ruling by the Hungarian parliament. It says anyone capable of speaking the nation’s language or establish Hungarian ancestry can become a citizen and get a full EU passport.
An aftermath of this, they will be granted full employment rights in the UK and access to British benefits.
The development is significant as the global meltdown has left the economy shattered and Hungarians have been banned from working in most EU states except Britain until next year. The economic situation in the Ukraine and Serbia is even worse.
It is now being apprehended that tens of thousands of new citizens will be lured by the UK’s lucrative job market and generous welfare system.
Reacting to the developments, UKIP Euro MP Gerard Batten said it must be wrong that the Hungarian government can give almost half a million people the right to move to Britain.
Batten added the new government said it wanted to control immigration from outside the EU, but it cannot do that. Hungary has just given 450,000 people the right to come to Britain, use the social services and claim benefits if they want to, and there was nothing the government could do about it. Hungary, and any EU state, has more control of their immigration policy than they did. This just showed how powerless they were to control immigration inside the EU.
Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatchUK added currently each EU country has the right to decide who may be citizens.
But in the case of the A8 countries, this also gives them the right to work in Britain. This is another consequence of the previous government’s decision, almost alone in Europe, to open our borders to all EU citizens whatever their origin.
Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance added the possibility of yet more people travelling to the UK to escape the recession in their own countries was particularly worrying, and they simply could not afford it with their finances being in such a poor state.
The Home Office, on the other hand, claimed the new Hungarian citizenship law would not affect the UK. A Home Office spokesman said there was no evidence to suggest that decisions made by the Hungarian parliament would impact on the United Kingdom.
As of now, more than two million ethnic Hungarians live outside the state’s current borders. A substantial number of them live in neighbouring Romania and Slovakia.
More than 150,000 live in western Ukraine and approximately 300,000 live in north-east Serbia. They face strict immigration restrictions to Britain and other EU states.