But still relevant.
In the UK in the eighties when there were mass lay-offs of miners as mines closed, often the only employer in rural areas, some unemployed miners were offered hotel jobs in Brighton, the other side of the country, and pushed off welfare when they refused. A danger of dissolving national boundaries and citizenship of a country is the same trick can be played – only this time you might find you are not entitled to unemployment benefit if you refuse to take a labouring job in Romania or Bulgaria. As you would now be a citizen of the EU, on what basis could you refuse?
What happened in Ireland suggests this is not a far-fetched possibility.
Ireland is asking its citizens to leave the country if they can’t find a job in a desperate bid to slash welfare costs.
The Irish government has sent letters to approximately 6,000 unemployed people suggesting they should take jobs in other European countries in an effort to reduce unemployment benefits, the Financial Times has reported.
Some of the jobs were poorly paid but came with a “Mediterranean” climate.
An unemployed electrician was encouraged to move to Coventry, while another jobseeker was offered work as a bus driver in Malta.
Dublin defended the move insisting that the positions are voluntary and no one is being forced to leave the country.
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