NUJ members at risk of being deported from UK
4 March 2016
The union is calling on MPs to oppose the new Tier 2 immigration rules to be debated in the Commons on Monday 7 March 2016.
Media workers in the UK have contacted the NUJ to say they are at risk of being deported if parliament agrees the proposed changes on Monday. The new immigration rules compel people born outside the EU, currently working in the UK, to earn at least £35,000 before they are allowed to settle here.
These proposals will impact on media workers including people who are employed at the BBC World Service.
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 7 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."
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."