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1 Immigration and EU – Do we need immigrants? ● Lasse Leipola / Matti Ouvinen

2 Immigration and EU – Do we need immigrants? ● Recent figures ● Demographical statistics and projections ● Comments from experts + politicians? Timo Soini? University sources? Labor unions? ● Are some immigrants more wanted than others? (Race? Origin? Education?)

3 Facts on population ● EU25 population will continue to rise until 2025 and then start to fall (Eurostat) ● Working age population expected to decrease by 52 million by 2050 (Eurostat) – EU needs 75 million immigrants by (Eurostat) – 2050.(French interior ministry, 2002)

4 Arguments FOR immigration ● Aging population ● Immigrants are ready to accept jobs that are ignored by current population (shit jobs) ● Immigrants help their families in third world countries (send money etc.) ● Immigration can help boost economic growth

5 Arguments AGAINST immigration ● There is already unemployment ● Most immigrants are unskilled and -educated ● GDP per capita may fall when population grows ● Competition on the labour market reduces wages and may worsen working conditions

6 Current policies and practises ● On national level – Many countries are imposing stricter policies (mandatory language exams etc.) – Protection against illegal immigration (Spain, Italy, France) – Need for labour ● On european level – Tampere agenda, aim to unify immigration policies – Regional differences: problems are worst for Spain, Italy and France.

7 Sources: ● Article on Prospect Magazine (Issue 76, July 2002): Does Britain need immigration? by Anthony Browne ● Eurostat News Release: P_PRD_CAT_PREREL/PGE_CAT_PREREL_YEAR_2 005/PGE_CAT_PREREL_YEAR_2005_MONTH_04/ EN-AP.PDF ● Articles on Helsingin Sanomat: Ilkka Ahtialainen - Monet Euroopan maat kiristävät maahanmuuttopolitiikkaansa ( ), Anu Silfverberg - Siirtolaisten eri maailmat EU:ssa ( ) and Petra Hongell - Sallivampi siirtolaispolitiikka olisi Euroopan etu

8 Comments and suggestions? ● Please.


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