Why European Workers are Leaving Britain

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Tanja Pardela talks about her experience in London. It’s about to come to an end on 26th November. She is happy talking about her life in London. Some of the things that she will miss most are Sunday roasts and jacket potatoes. She also says that she will miss the morning commutes that she had become accustomed to. She will miss the red telephone box, as well as children playing in their uniforms and noticeably, passing playing fields on her way to work. She is leaving a hospital where she has spent the last 11 years of her life as a pediatric nurse. She says that it’s not her wish to leave. Instead, she is being forced to leave by the events of 24th June 2016 when British people decided to leave the European Union. Now it’s the turn for other European nations to leave Britain. As we speak, close to 120,000 people have voluntarily left Britain since March. This has also been matched by a slow stream of the people arriving in Britain. However, some major cities like London have started feeling the effect. For instance, the bankers have left, as well as the baristas and builders that used to make people dream about the city.

Coffee shops, as well as construction companies, have said that they are struggling to find new workers. This is also happening with top universities where they have expressed their concerns about attracting and retaining the talent they are used to. However, there is no other place that’s feeling the effects that the National Health Service. Even before the British people thought about the Brexit, the NHS had been struggling with worker shortages. At the moment, the United Kingdom has 40,000 vacancies for nurses alone. What the British people forgot is that the European Union provided them a pool from where they could hire medical professionals. An institution like King’s College Hospital already has a shortage of 528 nurses. People like Ms. Pardela are leaving because Brexit has made it difficult and costlier for local institutions to hire from across the border. At the same time, there are some concerns about the immigration status of these workers. As a result, there are fears that they could lose their free health care access, pensions as well as job security and even rights. 10,000 professionals working with the NHS have left due to these fears. Others are thinking about the same.

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