- Ok who's for leaving? – an emigration question
I wanted to Remain, and now worried about my job.
I work in the automotive sector (high tech R&D for autonomous driving stuff), we’re always back and forth between Europe and the UK, and currently bidding for contracts with all the German car manufacturers.
Company already has offices in Germany, I’d imagine our jobs would be moved there if we don’t continue with freedom of movement & free trade within the EU. Our business just wouldn’t work outside the EU.
🙁Posted 3 years agoDark SideMember
nick1962 – Member
Finland? The right wing Finns party are in a coaliton government aren’t they?
People spat at my black wife when we were in Helsinki,lovely.
As I said, Finland is not without its issues, some of those very same issues I see increasing In the UK after the referendum. The underlying message that my wife, and many of my friends have received through this campaign is that they are not wanted here, and they should go home. My wife naturally wants to be where she is wanted, and that happens to be her country of birth, Finland.
I’m really sorry to hear about the abuse your wife received in Finland, it’s abhorrent and no one should have to experience it. That very same thing has been happening in the UK to immigrants over the last few days.Posted 3 years agocheers_driveSubscriber
Mrs CD wants is Danish and I wants me to considering moving there. Against it is that it is eye wateringly expensive, dull outside of Copenhagen, is very conformist, and that my industry does not exist on Denmark so I would have to start again. Lots of pro’s though, especially on the quality of life side of things.Posted 3 years ago
Now’s not the time for knee jerk reactions, but if it does go tits up we do have options.The PilotMember
I’d caution anyone against moving to Finland.
As has been said, right wing party in coalition government (True Finns).
Mountain biking exists but compared with the UK it is dire.
Prejudice against gay people and non whites is very evident, especially outside Helsinki. Prejudice against anyone who isn’t Finnish is very evident.
It’s a horribly isolating culture, very difficult to find work, very difficult to integrate, nigh on impossible to learn the language. Then there’s the dark. Don’t underestimate what the lack of light will do to you in the winter.
I’m glad I lived there though. I live in Scotland now and even on the coldest winter day, I feel pretty much alright 🙂Posted 3 years agoThe PilotMember
Dark Side, I sympathise with your wife but if you move to Finland, you’ll be in the same situation as she feels she is in now.Posted 3 years ago
Honestly, you have to register at the local police station when you move to Finland and you are given papers which they tell you to carry with you at all times. I kid you not!molgripsSubscriber
I’m waiting for Clinton-Trump but thinking about Canada or US
The US is already like Remainers worst fears.
Plus, you will have to be very lucky to get in. Green card lottery is slim, and whilst you can get a visa if a US company can’t find any US citizens with their skills, it’s such a ballache for a company to do that it’s very rare for them to bother, and they have so many people that they can find someone with close skills and train them up. You need *very* specific skills and they need to be very good.Posted 3 years ago
Don’t really want to leave the UK, but the country’s future is looking bleak.
@igm as I said future looks far bleaker in Europe even before Brexit. They are looking at the abyss now. This is why international organisations and the US did not want us to leave, Europe is already sick and this could be terminalPosted 3 years agophiljuniorMember
nick1962 – Member
Much of the European Union is not the prosperous ,liberal panacea which the remainers seem to think.Right wing neo nazi parties thrive throughout most of Europe and many have represenation in the European parliament-even the odious UKIP MEPs wouldn’t align with them!
Unfortunately I have a feeling this applies toost if not all of the world. People let their selfish nasty sides out more in difficult times. 🙁 hope Scotland sorts something out.Posted 3 years agoallan23Member
I quite like where I live, missus is Scottish and we’d had a vague plan to go there eventually. Seriously considering doing that sooner rather than later.
I have no problem with the vote going the wrong way for my beliefs, except it seems to have brought quite a few flag waving nationalist morons out of the woodwork and given them a voice.
I realise that not everyone voting leave was of that type, but noticing your neighbours talking about getting “England back” and blaming the Polish farm workers for all their ills and how it’s all going to change now, is just a bit unpleasant.
Just not sure that a move will get me away from it. The economic side of things wil be everywhere, I’ll simply be screwed over in a different way to if we’d stayed. The flag waving nationalists are everywhere.
Might just keep my head down and get on with enjoying myself.Posted 3 years agoHob NobMember
Somewhere in BC, in fact it’s still the plan.
As we are both the wrong side of 30 though, Canada makes it really tough. There are ways though, looking at buying a business as an alternative approach, we shall see though.
Amusingly I’ve seen some press about a reciprocal migration agreement post brexit with relaxed points – Canada was on the list, so, every cloud & all that.
The only thing keeping us in the UK at the moment is family.Posted 3 years ago
To be fair I’d quite like Europe to truly be one country – however that’s a) an aside and b) not going to happen this week.
I’m aware what the US is like. I’ve lived, worked or visited 44 of the states and I am also aware that they are quite different.Posted 3 years ago
Middle America wouldn’t suit me really, but coastal is very different.
I doubt with my background and contacts I’d have much difficulty getting in – if I did it I’d probably do it via the company I already work for who have taken several people from the UK. I’m across there working with their senior managers and VPs reasonably regularly, so I’m known.
As another aside “returning ETSA” queues at immigration are wonderful.coconutMember
Spanish wife – few tears this weekend asking “why don’t British people want us here anymore” ? What can I tell her. She gets up at 6am every day for the last 12 years and goes to work in a London primary school, not a single day missed in 12 years. She teaches the kids a bit of spanish in her spare time after school. This is a tiny example of what will be missed in the future of the narrow minded new “Great Britain”… But it will be awesome because “Maurien” from Hull is FREE !Posted 3 years ago
Wrecker – because I believe in large economic blocks, it would sort out a lot of the financial issues and I genuinely feel as European as I feel British.
My sort of Scots nationalism was never based on nation states, or who I dislike – it’s a personal thing about me about where I started from and what I can bring to others. I don’t need Scots independence, or the UK flouncing out of Europe for that. Freedom of movement simply allows me to take who and what Scotland made me to a wider audience – and to listen to more people tell their story.
Actually I’d like all borders everywhere tearing down in terms of movement for individuals.
And how do you then address immigration if you don’t have walls? You work to make the places people come from good places to be, so the only driver to move is interest, curiosity about everyone else.
Like I said not going to happen this week.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve been treating Europe as one big country for a while. There are a few irritating bits that still use different currencies and there’s that island place they spend up to half an hour asking dumb questions and checking things before they’ll let me in or even out. For Spain I just check there’s an extra warning triangle in the boot, Italy a phrase book, Germany an E4 sticker on the windscreen… . It all flows by seamlessly from Lidl to Lidl.Posted 3 years ago
Fair enough igm, that’s actually a nice rationale.Posted 3 years ago
I find all this “leaving the UK” stuff a bit knee jerk. The UK opts out of the EU, so move to another country which isn’t in the EU?
It might not be quite left wing enough for some, but look around! There is some seriously scary right wing populism in europe. Front nationale in france, Golden dawn in Greece, alternative for germany, the finnish one, hell it was only in may that austria gave Hofer 49.7% of the vote. Even Canada had Harper for 9 years, similar australia with Howard (who was a liberal by their measure)
Things might not be perfect here, but I’d bet that we are one of the most tolerant, inclusive countries in the world. Not being part of a (less than perfect) organisation won’t change that.grantwayMember
All I can advise is that if you are top high end of your skill rate is to get as much references together as a portfolio and search outside the EU. The EU is full of low skilled workers and even this Country has for a while now Devoiding our work force to accommodate this basic crap and this Country is full of it. Years back City & Guilds would give you a chance anywhere in the World now most of our qualifications are fake and if your at the top of your game it isn’t hard to weed these out.Posted 3 years agoRichPennyMember
My rationale, Wrecker, is there is a pretty good chance of a decade long recession looming in Europe. Already 90% of my family is abroad. For my family to stay, I’d anticipate having to pay for right to remain anyway, so might as well spend that money on a visa for elsewhere. I hear you on the far right, but I think you’re wrong. I think this result will give the far right traction here as well.Posted 3 years ago
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