Does the EU control the UK immigration

The EU only controls the movement of EU citizens in any EU country.

Some people have asked if the EU law controls all of the Immigration in the UK. The answer is that it does not.

Basically, the UK has little control over EU citizens moving to the UK.

The EU Law basically controls the free movement of EU Citizens into any EU Country, including the UK.
The UK law basically controls the immigration of NON-EU Citizens into the UK.

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Does the EU control Immigration in the UK.

Some people have asked if the EU law controls all of the Immigration in the UK. The answer is that it does not.


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The EU only controls the movement of EU citizens in any EU country.

  1. The EU Law basically controls the free movement of EU Citizens into any EU Country, including the UK.
  2. The UK law basically controls the immigration of NON-EU Citizens into the UK.

The Free Movement Rules according to the European Union

  • European Union citizens have the right to move freely and live in another EU country, subject to any conditions set out in the EU’s treaties. This free movement of people is one of the EU’s fundamental principles.
  • EU citizens with a valid identity card or passport are entitled to permanent residence if they have lived legally in another EU country for a continuous period of 5 years. This also applies to family members.

Source: EUR-Lex – l33152 – EN – EUR-Lex

Each individual country controls immigration from non EU countries. Brexit changes nothing regarding immigration from other Non-EU countries.

Basically, the UK has little control over EU citizens moving to the UK.

  • EU citizens, or family members, may be expelled if they behave in a way that seriously threatens one of society’s fundamental interests.

Source: EU citizens’ rights and Brexit – United Kingdom – European Commission


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