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Second EU job center in Africa

Critics rise up against Africans seeking work in Europe

05 January 2009 – The job center is to be opened in the West African State of Cape Verde and it represents the second phase of a Brussels tax-funded plan to counter-attack illegal immigration and offer EU job opportunities for more than 50 million African workers.

The advice centre, based in the island capital Praia, follows a similar job centre opened in Mali, October, las year.

The centre will provide details of job opportunities in EU states, including Britain, and provide training and support for potential migrants. It is being heralded as a “pilot scheme” by EU officials for other job centres across Africa and Eastern Europe.

The project has been received with anger by some British politicians.
UK Independence Party (UKPI) leader Nigel Farage asked: “What the devil are we doing opening up job centres in Africa when we have 400,000 projected to lose their jobs in the UK in the next six months?”

UKPI is seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union; UKPI has 9 MEPs working in the European Parliament.

Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “As people all over Britain and Europe face redundancy and unemployment as the recession bites, it is ludicrous that the EU is frittering away taxpayers’ money on such inappropriate schemes.”

The project is part of EU Commissioner Louis Michel’s master plan for the “mobility” of workers between African states and 

Europe.
The initiative has the support of European leaders who believe that opening up labour markers in Britain and other member states will help to stem the growing tide of illegal immigration from Africa.

The Home Office insisted that the new EU centre, due to open this month, would not affect Britain.

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