Twitter users change their profiles in protest at Conservative immigration policy


Twitter users have been changing their profiles in protest over proposed immigration policy from the Government.

Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced plans which would force companies to publish lists of their foreign staff, in an apparent attempt to encourage higher British employment.

Amber Rudd speaks at the Conservative Party conference

The plans have caused a significant reaction on social media - some of it rhyming.

Others just had some strong words.

Now things have been taken a step further though, with many editing their Twitter profiles to broadcast their foreign status in protest.


Food critic Jay Rayner was one of the first to start the trend, but many have since followed suit.

Theresa May's speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham caused something of a Twitter storm in itself - particularly her talk about foreign citizens.

"If you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere," said the Prime Minister. "You don't understand what the very word 'citizenship' means."

Theresa May speaks at Conservative Party conference

May's words have inspired users' protests, with "citizen of nowhere" also being added to profiles.

Many even changed their Twitter name.

Screenshot of twitter page

Screenshot of twitter page

Screenshot of twitter page

Whether or not Rudd's policy of naming foreign workers will be put into force is still up for debate.

For now at least, people aren't best pleased with the idea or the Prime Minister's comments.

Some think May's comments make for a decent tag line though ...