Spain 'will be oldest population in world in 2022'
10 January 2007, BARCELONA — The president of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, said mass immigration was essential as birth rates fall.
10 January 2007
BARCELONA — The president of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, said mass immigration was essential as birth rates fall.
Speaking at a conference in Barcelona, Borrell claimed in 15 years the populations of Spain and Italy will be the oldest in the world, making large-scale immigration a must.
Borrell identified four crises that affect the EU which is now made up of 27 members: "identity, size, efficiency and legitimacy".
He pointed to "core problems" including demographics and immigration.
Borrell, a socialist who is due to step down from the presidency of the European Parliament after two and a half years in office next weekk, considers it necessary to implement a common policy to manage the flow of immigration to the Old World.
Despite the fact that arriving immigrants have sparked wide-ranging debates in the countries receiving them and that they are part of the EU's "identity crisis," Borrell warned that "we need many more immigrants because we have a terrible demographic gap that we can only resolve if we accept massive immigration".
The immigrants, he said, serve to replace the part of the European labour force that is lost each year, in such a way that "if they all left our countries tomorrow the economy would collapse".
The other great challenge, he said, is the balance between energy and the environment, which in his opinion can only be resolved if Europe gives a great technological leap forward and endows itself with alternative sources of energy that lessen its "enormous energy dependency".
According to Borrell, the subject of energy should be the catalyst for a resurgent Europe, just as it was at the beginning when the European Community was created out of coal and steel.
He urged member nations to heed the importance of this matter and develop a unified energy policy, without which it will be very difficult to establish a coherent foreign policy.
Borrell said Europe should not rule out nuclear energy.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news