Alp Mehmet, vice chair of Migration Watch, said EU migrants were “not all about to leave” in the wake of the Brexit vote but those who move to the UK should be those who already have jobs.
Speaking on LBC, he said: “They’re not all about to leave, so we’re not going to have a cliff edge. We’re not going to fall over the cliff suddenly because they’re all going to go home.”
But radio presenter Iain Dale stepped in and asked: “But we will still need people from the EU to come here won’t we?”
Mr Mehmet hit back and said the number of lower skilled workers who were looking for work in Britain should be “controlled” and jobs in places such as Pret and Costa should be taken by students.
Alp Mehmet said students should be doing low-skilled jobs in the UK
If you’re talking about Pret or Costa or whatever, lots of these jobs can be done by our young people
He said: “Yes from the EU and from elsewhere as well. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t come.
“It’s the lower skilled, those who come here looking for work, they’re the ones that we think you can control perfectly well and not have an impact on the economy.
“I don’t see why we cannot make more of an effort looking, for example, at our young people, our students.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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“There’s lots and lots of jobs, if you’re talking about Pret or Costa or whatever, lots of these jobs can be done by our young people and I think we should focus more on that.”
Meanwhile, more than 16,000 migrants have been relocated from Greece and Italy to other EU states during a two-year period – a new record for the crumbling bloc, an EU commissioner has claimed.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Union commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, said despite some nations not accepting their quotas of migrants, a staggering sum had been taken out of the southern European states.