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England to scare off immigrants with a special campaign

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Please, don’t come to Great Britain – it always rains, there’s not enough work and it’s poorly paid. These are more or less the words used in the negative campaign, called to discourage immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria to come to Great Britain.

The plan to reflect the negative sides of the lives of the British is part of the initiative to reduce the volume of immigration next year, when limits to work in the UK will be lifted for residents of Romania and Bulgaria. Restrictions have been in force since 2005, when the two countries joined the EU. Immigration monitoring institutions predict that the lifting of restrictions could contribute to the coming of nearly 50 000 Romanian and Bulgarian guest workers, reports Latvian Radio.

Representatives of the British Cabinet of Ministers note that the goal of the negative campaign is to stop the rumour that the British streets are covered with gold. With reference to The Guardian, Latvian Radio reports that it is not yet clear what kind of information it is planned to use in the anti-advertisement campaign. Experts predict that it could very much be information about the worst possible things that can be found in Britain, such as rains and floods. There is also the possibility that British advertisement experts could do the opposite – advertise tourist attractions in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains or Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts, encouraging residents of the two countries to feel happy about their countries and remain there.

Representatives of the British government do not comment these initiatives officially, but there has been information circulating in mass media about a number of other ways to combat the increase of immigrants. For example, it is planned to deport immigrants from the country if they are unable to finds jobs within three months. According to BBC, the Internal Affairs Ministry encourages to introduce a new test for immigrants, which will be based on values and principles that govern the lives of the British people. In order to receive the right to travel to the UK, a candidate will be required to answer questions related to music, sports and UK history. Immigration Minister Mark Harper reports that instead of telling people how to receive different benefits, they will be encouraged to participate more actively in England’s day-to-day.

These initiative have already been heavily criticized by migrants’ rights advocates. They compared the test to entrance exams to some elite British school. Even the opposition’s labour party members have noted that the previous test was more than enough to test the immigrants’ knowledge.

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