The government have discussed the possibility of giving young migrants under the age of 30 work visas spanning two years, which will allow them to live and work in the country for this period of time. The government have been asked to consider the impact of Brexit on those wishing to work here, and experts have suggested that the country may benefit from allowing some younger EU natives to live and work in the UK.
There are a number of reasons why this is the case, but the main reason is that allowing younger workers to live in the UK in preference to older workers seems to be a better investment into UK businesses, as these workers have a greater number of years ahead of them in which to harness their skills and use them for the benefit of the UK. There is also the benefit of them contributing to the economy via taxes, which would be the case if they were earning a regular wage from the UK.
The proposal aims to bring the UK along the same lines as countries such as New Zealand and Australia, which already work on the basis that younger workers will have more relaxed work visas than older workers. It is thought that those who join a new country at a younger age would be much more likely to integrate better, and therefore be more active and positive members of the community, than those who moved when they were older. This means that it would be of great benefit to the country not only from an economic point of view, but also from a social perspective, too.
The actual scheme itself may work on a points system when it is put into place. This would help businesses to find people with the skills that they need – something that has been a worry to many since Brexit was announced. Younger workers would gain more points simply because of their age, and they wouldn’t be required to earn as much before they were granted entry into the UK – with regional differences being taken into account, depending on where they were planning to live and work. A similar system is already in place for workers from countries including Japan, Canada and Australia, who can already apply for a two-year work visa to work in the UK.