Croydon homeless charity says it could collapse under weight of immigration
HOMELESSNESS charity Nightwatch claims it could collapse if the Government does not take measures to cut immigration from troubled European economies.
The Croydon group, which provides clothing and support to poverty stricken people in borough, is worried that the movement of hard-pressed EU nationals to the UK will swamp them.
At the charity's annual meeting on Wednesday, chairman Jad Adams blasted: "The free movement of poverty is putting unacceptable strains on charitable work."
With on-going fears about the long-term effects of the Eurozone crisis, Mr Adams warned the Government must follow through on contingency plans to cut the influx of immigrants.
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He said: "We have already seen the effect of unlimited freedom of movement in the number of clients that we support every night.
"'I fear that many people we see as clients are not exercising their treaty rights to come to look for work, but it is simply more attractive to be poor in this country than in some others.
"We have managed to support them – if with some difficulty – but we cannot go on increasing our capacity endlessly.
"Indigent arrivals from other countries would put an unacceptable strain on ourselves and other charities dealing with the poorest people in society."
Last month Home Secretary Theresa May announced contingency plans to control immigration should the Euro collapse. With Britain being a non-Eurozone state, it is suggested there could be a surge of migrants from countries such as Greece looking to escape poverty.
Mr Adams added: "It cannot be beyond the wit of government to impose simple limits on people to demonstrate they are genuinely seeking work - that they have enough money to live on while looking for work, or a sponsor to support them in this country.
"A free movement of labour in Europe is very desirable; a free movement of poverty is not."