More immigration means less unemployment, EU says

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The European Commission said on Friday that the lack of immigration in Europe can translate into “an unprecedented reduction in Europe’s demographic weight in the world, the unsustainabilty of its welfare systems, the ageing of its skills.”

Presenting the report “Is what we hear about migration really true? Questioning eight stereotypes” published by the Migration Policy Centre in Florence, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström warned of the dangers of migration stereotypes like  ”we don’t need migrants”; ”migrants steal our jobs”, or ”economic migrants are trying to cheat our asylum systems”.

According to the report, low-skilled migrants also have their place in Europe’s labour markets, as allow for the employment of natives in highly-skilled occupations and compensate for shortages of low-skilled workers in industries where they are needed.

“The more immigration you have the less unemployment you have and this is mainly for two reasons; because migrants are attracted by employment and because they adapt to the situation. When unemployment increases too much they try to find a solution for themselves and perhaps they will leave also.” said Migration Policy Centre’s director Philippe Fargues.