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Cameron vows to restrict migratory flows if the euro crisis worsens. AP photo

Cameron vows to restrict migratory flows if the euro crisis worsens. AP photo

Britain could restrict the immigration of Greeks and other citizens of euro zone countries affected by Europe’s sovereign debt crisis in the event of “extraordinary stresses and strains,” Prime Minister David Cameron said July 3.

“The legal position is that if there are extraordinary stresses and strains it is possible to take action to restrict migratory flows, but obviously we hope that doesn’t happen,” he told a parliamentary committee.

“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe, to keep our banking system strong, to keep our economy robust,” he added. European Union rules allow the free flow of people to live and work around the group’s 27 member states, but fears have mounted in Britain of a wave of migrants from struggling states such as Greece and Spain if their economies continue to worsen.

July/05/2012

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