`Immigration, visa-free travel essential to boost economic fortunes’ 22nd July 2011: Acknowledging the contribution of the migrants to the UK’s economy, Eurocrats have urged Britain to welcome more immigrants for helping the EU’s struggling economy.
European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom made it clear that immigration and visa-free travel are essential to boost economic fortunes.
The Swedish politician has, in fact, called upon the member states to welcome more immigrants to help deal with not only skills shortages, an ageing population, but also a declining workforce.
Malmstrom was categorical in her assertion that further immigration will not only boost the economies of EU countries, but also benefit the residents.
The assertion is significant as Malmstrom’s comments come soon after Denmark introduced tougher border controls in reply to growing immigration from North Africa.
Malmstrom asserted: “The Commission has been in close contact with the Danish authorities during the past weeks to ensure that its plans would not endanger free movement and would fully respect EU legislation.”
Malmstrom welcomed the clear commitment of the Danish authorities to act in accordance with the EU rules, which include the Schengen Agreement, a deal which allows most EU nations to abolish their internal borders.
She said: “The full respect of EU rules giving EU citizens and businesses the right to move freely will be ensured through continued monitoring and dialogue with Denmark.
Despite tougher border controls, Denmark continues to be one of the more accessible EU countries for immigrants with the right skills and qualifications. Non-EU migrants can obtain an extendable three-year visa permitting them to work there, through its Green Card programme.