Free Movement within the EU

The NHS employs 100,000 people from other EU countries. Sheffield's universities employ many staff from across the continent. 

There are 1.2 million people born in the UK now living elsewhere in Europe.

Free movement within the EU has been a normal part of life, a possibility to study, to retire, to work in another country readily available.

Young people should not have lives more restricted than those their parents enjoyed. We must defend free movement within the EU for them in particular, but for all of us.

A dangerous narrative has developed blaming migration for problems ranging from low wages, to crowded schools and hospitals, to housing costs. Yet these are caused by failed government policies - an inadequate minimum wage, privatisation, relying on the market rather than building council homes - not immigration.

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