Immigration to the European Union
The EU has to decide how to deal with immigration. The European Union
allows it's citizens to move freely within it's borders, and also work
in any member country. It is also relatively safe and has a democratic
government, which makes the laws and regulations, the countries within
it are quite highly developed and successful, and provide benefits to
needy citizens. It may not be perfect, but compared to other countries
there are many opportunities for a 'good life' in the EU.
It is therefore no wonder that migrants come, either fleeing violence
or prosecution (asylum seekers) or looking for work, (economic
The question the EU needs answering is 'Do we want them?' because
whether they come or not will have a big impact on the EU. There are
very different opinions of what this effect will be however. Will it
be a financial 'drain' to house and support these people or will they
bring prosperity through the work they could do?
There will be ten new countries joining the EU on 1st May this year.
These are eastern European countries and the government is worried
that if they give these people the right to come and work here there
will be such a rush of people that Britain won't be able to cope, so
people from these countries are being denied this right.
If you are not an EU citizen, you do not have an automatic right to
stay within it. An application for asylum or work permit must be made
for this to be legal, and often these are not given.
Illegal immigration is a big issue for the EU. Just looking at the
front pages of tabloids there are examples of the right winged
attitudes that Europe is being 'swamped' with immigrants, 'taking our
jobs' or 'claiming our benefits'.
The Sun threatens "floods of gypsies" and claims that with the
expansion of the EU in May, Britain has: "pledged to welcome them with
open arms". Â§
The Express has the front-page headline: "Forged ID cards are a
passport to terror." The article explains how easily fake passports
and ID cards can be purchased for use of immigration to Europe and
permission to work, "It doesn't matter if you don't have permission to
work - with these you can easily get a job," it states.Â¨
Should this be worrying? What seems more concerning is that it
off-handily switches from talk of migrants to terrorists without much
separation. Another example that gives the impression that immigration
will cause a rise in crime is given in a report from the European
crime agency, Europol: "Warning that organised vice and drug gangs may
flood Britain" Â©it states dramatically. However, evidence from the
socio-economic research program showed that there was no direct link
between immigration and rising crime levels. "Ignorance is the basis
of racism," says European research...