U.K.: ‘Barista Visa’ Unavailable for African Migrants

In an attempt to alleviate the United Kingdom’s looming labor shortage following Brexit, the government is proposing “barista visas,” which would allow immigrants between the ages of 18 and 30 to work up to two years within the hospitality industry.


As it stands, the visa-holders would not be allowed to claim benefits, attend school or extend their stay in the UK. Additionally, the barista visas are only available to nations such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong — excluding African and Middle Eastern countries. The country selection is based on the “Youth Mobility Scheme.”


The U.K. is one of the biggest destinations for Africans from across the diaspora, and many are calling the proposal’s country limitations discriminatory and racially motivated.


The effort is being pushed by Migration Watch UK, a right-wing think tank that supports stronger immigration controls, and UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd.


Today, hospitality businesses have more job vacancies than any other sector in the UK and are heavily reliant on cheap, often immigrant labor.


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