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Will immigration go down if we leave the EU?

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Leaving the EU will not stop immigration to the UK. Countries such as Norway and Switzerland, who are not part of the EU, have to accept free movement and have higher rates of EU migration than the UK. If we adopted the Australian points system proposed by Vote Leave, would give us double the levels of immigration. 
At the moment we have control of our borders as we are out of the Schengen, and cooperation with France allows us to manage illegal immigration. Also, our border controls would shift from France to Dover, potentially making illegal immigration more difficult to control. 
Most of our immigration is from outside the EU, this is not linked to our membership of the EU. 

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Would I still be able to travel across Europe if we left?

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Being in the EU gives you and your family the freedom to travel across all the member nations without a visa. It means you can work, study and retire anywhere you want in the EU, giving you and your children lots of opportunities abroad. 
If we left, leave campaigners have said we would need a visa to travel in the EU, and you would no longer automatically be able to live, work, set up a business or retire in the EU, and young people would no longer automatically be able to benefit from the Erasmus programme where they can work or study at universities across the EU. 

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Would I still be able to get free emergency healthcare in EU countries if we left?

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As EU citizens, you and your family are all entitled to free emergency healthcare when you are travelling or living in the EU thorough the European Health Insurance Card, amongst other benefits. If we left, you would no longer have access to this free emergency health insurance when you are travelling abroad.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Would holidays to Europe cost more if we leave?

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Yes. Your family finances are supported by our being in Europe. Being in the EU gives us low-cost flights and lower mobile phone charges for your family when you go on holiday in Europe.  
If we left, economic experts predict that there would be a recession and the value of the pound would fall which means it would cost a lot more for you to take city breaks and family holidays abroad. Even just the prospect of Brexit has already devalued the pound dramatically.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Why do we get EU immigrants here?

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We want fairness in our immigration system, not a free for all. People from other European countries should not be allowed full access to benefits until they have paid into the system, and that’s what the Prime Minister’s renegotiation has delivered. 
Those who come here to work hard, pay their taxes, contribute to our economy and support our public services should be welcomed.
More than 130,000 EU citizens work in our health and social care system, supporting better a good standard of healthcare for your family members of all ages. Businesses owned by EU citizens employ one and a half million people in UK, creating more job opportunities for you and your family. 
EU citizens have contributed £20 billion more in taxes than they have taken out in benefits. The facts are clear: the overwhelming majority of EU citizens in Britain are contributors, not freeloaders. 
If we left the EU, we would lose our access to the world’s largest free trade area, the single market, costing us jobs and pushing up prices. You and your family would no longer be able to work, study, travel and retire freely in Europe. 

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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