Martyn Brown, Express, July 22, 2011
Meddling eurocrats are demanding that Britain welcomes more immigrants to help the EU’s struggling economy, it emerged yesterday.
European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says immigration and visa-free travel are essential to boost economic fortunes.
The Swedish politician has urged member states to welcome more immigrants to help deal with skills shortages, an ageing population and a declining workforce.
Further immigration will boost the economies of EU countries and benefit their residents, she went on. Ms Malmstrom’s comments come after Denmark brought in tougher border controls in response to growing immigration from North Africa.
She said: “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.”
Ms Malmstrom added that she welcomed “the clear commitment of the Danish authorities” to act in line with EU rules, including the Schengen Agreement–the deal under which most EU nations abolished their internal borders.
“The full respect of EU rules giving EU citizens and businessesthe right to move freely will be ensured through continued monitoring and dialogue with Denmark,” she added.
Although Denmark has brought in tougher border controls, at the same time it remains one of the more accessible EU countries for immigrants with the right skills and qualifications.
Through its Green Card programme, non-EU migrants can obtain an extendable three-year visa that will allow them to work there.