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1. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Is the UK working-holiday visa being exploited as a legal loophole to find employment in UK? How many of you here have applied, or are applying for it sorely for the sake of working there? And the UK citizens; especially the Londoners themselves, how do u feel about the influx, of these "travellers"?

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

uk population is shrinking every year by a few hundred thousand (people emigrating, dying, childless couples))- it's good for the economy to get some young, ambitious and educated workforce in.

And (at least in London) there are plenty low-paid jobs which don't satisfy locals and are taken by emmigrants (all hospitality industry, hotels, pubs, restaurants as well as manual jobs, cleaning, gardening etc).

There is a shortage of teachers and other skilled professions - and authorities save money by employing temporary/contract workers.

that's why the government leaves an open gate for the most persistent to work legally.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

Is the UK working-holiday visa being exploited as a legal loophole to find employment in UK? How many of you here have applied, or are applying for it sorely for the sake of working there?

Exploited ? Doesn't a working holiday involve work?
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Same as Brits going to Australia on working holidays?
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Yum yum definitely for Brits taking pounds sterling to other parts of the world.

4. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

I agree with Massage, we definitely rely on migrant workers these days. In my town there are hundreds of Eastern Europeans and Africans working and I personally don't have a problem with it.

Tony

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

One thing i have found on my travels is that you can always ask hotel staff, bar staff etc questions and tap into their local knowledge. The one place i have been where you don't get this is London. I recently had a weekend there and in the hotel, pubs and restaurants i visited i did not speak to any staff from the UK. Without wanting to start a debate, the whole immigration issue here is something the majority are unhappy with as we are seen as "soft" on immigrants. 25% of all illegal immigrants entering Europe ended up in the UK last year.

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

dave-i thought you was english!?

7. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yeh...oh no-i'm not going to start...

8. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting lil j

dave-i thought you was english!?

I am. Live down in sunny Southampton and am very proud of queen and country etc etc. Just thoroughly bored living here

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

oh god me too-the longer i'm here the more therapy i'm going to need! i am so bored right now! help me, help me!!!

10. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

25% of all illegal immigrants entering Europe ended up in the UK last year.

I think you can only measure how many illegal emmigrants were deported - the rest of the statistics are a wild guess.

I use to be illegal in the UK for an over 5 years working for peanuts as a chambermen and hotel receptionist - real wage slavery.