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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.


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Chris Green

7/6/2012 5:48:23 PM

Backing up Vangelis: Illegals are a burden for any country and even legals can be if they come from the EU to another EU country and then need a lot of support. The Turkish-Greek border should be supported for this reason. The UK has this welfare state system that people envy which is why so many people take enormous risks to come here. I understand why and I have sympathy but we simply cannot sustain the sheer volume of numbers!

Vangelis Denaxas

7/6/2012 2:53:23 PM

Kenan Atagun there is a difference considering what you say: Greeks who want to go to the UK are not considered illegal since they go after contracts with specific employers, companies e.t.c. plus that the Greeks who go there are educated people, specialized on various fields like maritime industry. The immigrants who flow here are illegal and most of them anyway cannot offer to a market where Greeks themselves cannot find jobs. This is a real burden for a country.

Chris Green

7/5/2012 12:56:54 PM

The UK is NOT multicultural (no such word anyway) but it is multi-racial. Dorus is right to state that "Britain is not a bargain and it is not easy to find work there" This is because we are basically full! We do not have thousands but MILLIONS of Pakistani's/Asians here! In excess of 200 languages spoken in London: Birmingham probably too! DC is right to say we have to tighten up on immigration because our infrastructure cannot stand more! He is wrong to single out Greeks however!


7/5/2012 12:39:58 PM

Besides Kenan we don't want to carry the burden of 'euro' either. We would be better with 'drachma' More dignity and independence. If this experiment fails this will be the last pro-euro government in Greece. People is fed up with euro-experiment. The dream is over for everybody, back to reality...


7/5/2012 12:34:03 PM

Kenan we don't want immigrants but we unfortunately accept them because we are obliged by EU regulations to prevent them from going to W.Europe and because Turkey doesn't take them back. If that's the case and EU countries prefer to close their borders to Greeks, then be my guest! We could make use of more effective policies towards immigration. Besides Greeks in Britain are mostly students who finish university and like to find a job there. They stay only when needed in some company

john albay

7/5/2012 12:26:35 PM

the greeks kept asking for the englin marbles so I expect this is pay back time for the british.@Dous the last time I was in greece I could hardly meet any greeks you seem to have half the world in greece. I expect the greeks have all moved to the UK and greece is now part Parkistan and part afganistan with africian serveants! As you say it is not easy to find work in the UK for greeks as the brits expect the people who have a job to work as well,a concept the greeks do not understand!

kerem atan

7/5/2012 12:05:08 PM

dorus england could have the right not to accept the greek immigrants just as u dont want the illegal immigrants in your country. recently more greeks have begun to flock to other european countries in search of work.no countries wanna carry the burden of greece any more.england is already in trouble with the legal or illegal immigrants and it is making contingency plans in the event of the collapse of greek economy.


7/5/2012 8:57:10 AM

how silly. Britain has become a multicultural country where you can find thousands of people from India or Pakistan. This man should better worry for the millions of poor people from the former colonies that Britain has exploited for centuries rather than some Greek students that stay in Britain for work. Besides, Britain is not a bargain either and it is not easy to find work there too.


7/5/2012 6:47:09 AM

Amazing that the UK wants to stem the immigration of Greeks into the UK. So, now, the Greeks see who their friends really are. History is wonderful! Use the Greeks to fight your battles against Turkey and then deny them entry into your country. How totally humorous. I, personally, love it. BE CAREFUL with whom you go to bed. What did Cameron say? Keep his country "safe" by limiting Greek migration. Who are these English, anyway?
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