'Labour migration is unavoidable'

16th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The coming of migrant workers to the Netherlands and other European countries with greying populations is unavoidable, Dutch Development Aid minister Agnes van Ardenne said on Thursday.

16 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The coming of migrant workers to the Netherlands and other European countries with greying populations is unavoidable, Dutch Development Aid minister Agnes van Ardenne said on Thursday.

Speaking at a conference on international migration and development in Brussels, Van Ardenne called for a Europe-wide discussion on coordination of policies on temporary work visas. Such visas, she said, could be for both higher and lower educated migrants.

The minister said the arrival of workers from abroad was part of globalisation "whereby people are increasingly working in various places". The migration of labour, she said, was one of the answers to Europe's ageing populations but it was not the solution. 

Van Ardenne said she also supported the policy of temporarily sending migrants back from the Netherlands to their country of origin to help with reconstruction projects. Last year the Netherlands supported the return of 80 Afghans to help with aid projects in Afghanistan for six months.

The Minister said that Portugal - that held the chairmanship of the EU for six months last year, is also giving the issue of labour migration more consideration.

"There must first be a plan of action on the national level, and after that member states can hold joint discussion. We are gradually beginning to think about it in the EU," van Ardenne said.

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