Travelling and the EU

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By Kerri McGuire

Travelling is a huge part of our lives, whether it be working or even just going on holiday every year. Although the coronavirus has had a massive effect on travelling, Brexit could have an even bigger impact in the future when Covid restrictions are gone. We cannot travel to other countries in Europe without an approved visa.

Statistics suggest that “immigration has accounted for almost 70% of UK population growth since 1995”. This means that with the new immigration measures, we could see a decrease in the UK population in the coming decades. Statistics also suggest that “Foreign-born persons now constitute 16.6% of the UK’s working-age population.” We could also lose a significant percentage of our work force if we are driving more people out of the country, and with less people coming into the country we could see a massive drop in the economy.

Written in this article, Stuart McDonald highlights the importance of free movement, not just for the people of Britain, but also for the people of Europe. The importance of learning about different cultures and religions is vital and could be lost due to the points system. There is also the importance of the arts and music. With multiple bands that used to tour Europe and do concerts in different countries, they could lose their right to do this and could ultimately lose their livelihood.

As a young person myself, I know that in the future I would like to travel and possibly work in European countries. However, the right to do this has been taken away by the same people who had these opportunities and used them to their full advantage. It seems unfair to do the same thing to young people in Europe as well. As human beings we should have the desire to share our cultures and history with the world. We should welcome immigrants with open arms as they only want to contribute to the economy and want equal opportunities.

Travelling the world is an amazing experience for all who to choose to do so. And no matter how you travel you get to see the world in all its glory and beauty. Every human being should have the right to do this without money and jobs coming into the scene. At some point we all have to rough it and start from scratch. Sometimes this is in a foreign country and other times it is not. However, with barriers being put up to stop immigration, we are closing the door to other cultures and countries that we may find interesting to learn about. We should be encouraging people to travel the world and keeping the door open for those opportunities when they arise in the future.

Link to main article: https://clydeinsider.co.uk/if-we-are-able-to-sensibly-free-up-and-enhance-peoples-rights-to-live-to-work-to-study-to-fall-in-love-and-form-families-wherever-they-wish-then-thats-magnificent#.YKO9ssCSnIU

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