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Immigrants welcome, but not on the labour market

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Migration within the EU is on the rise again, however, labour issues are still causing immigrants to return home.

 Immigrants welcome, but not on the labour market
Die Welt

According to a June 13 report by the OECD, human migration within the EU is once again on the rise, after three consecutive years of contraction due to the crisis. However, foreigners' chances of finding jobs have diminished: approximately half of out-of-work immigrants has been unemployed for more than 12 months.

"Germany unable to keep immigrants for long," headlines Die Welt, noting that only one in two Greeks and just one in three of Spaniards who arrived in Germany in 2011 stayed for more than a year. Figures for Italian migrants are only slightly better, with 40 percent opting to settle in the country, explains the newspaper. According to an OECD expert:

Immigrants welcome, but not on the labour marketGermany should do more to welcome migrants and to update the skills of workers whose qualifications do not comply with German standards.

In Vienna, Der Standard voices a similar opinion. "Austria could benefit more from immigrants," writes the newspaper. Improving their integration on the labour market would could generate an additional €1.2bn for the state, which it should invest not only in training for recently arrived workers but also for second generation immigrants:

Immigrants welcome, but not on the labour marketThe daughters of migrants from the former Yugoslavia are twice as likely to be unemployed as the similarly-aged daughters of families that have lived in Austria for several generations.

In contrast, Switzerland "benefits from immigrants" announces the headline in Neue Züricher Zeitung: along with Luxembourg, it is the OECD country that derives optimal advantage from migration. The newspaper highlights three reasons for this success:

Immigrants welcome, but not on the labour marketFirstly, there is high proportion of immigrants when compared to the number of Swiss citizens; secondly, the immigrants that arrive in Swizerland are of working age, and thirdly, most of the best qualified hold down jobs.

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Reprinted with permission of Presseurop.




3 Comments To This Article

  • Katrina Wood posted:

    on 24th October 2013, 08:56:06 - Reply

    What I noticed in thinking of moving to Germany, which I was thinking of some months ago or at least visiting for awhile was: I found it quite difficult to learn German, and more so than I'd anticipated. I think though that it would be easier if you knew you had to learn it, rather than as an option. The rules of German seem more complicated than I realised such as for the types of verbs or nouns and when to use them. I do speak a bit of French, but even so, I did not find it easy to try to learn German.
    Katrina Wood
  • DK posted:

    on 19th June 2013, 17:18:58 - Reply

    It is hard for College Educated Americans in Most fields to Migrate to Europe with major loans to repay not to mention Europe pays far less for work than in the States and also the burden of having to speak 3 or more languages like native speakers within a year is another deterrent. And then what's left is non College educated workers who have professions but still are not allowed any work unless they spend a number of years perfecting their Dutch/German/French etc. [Edited by moderator]
  • HTD posted:

    on 19th June 2013, 09:57:34 - Reply

    The Swiss and Americans with their highly selective approach in allowing primarily only those immigrants, who are most likely to add value to their GDP, are able to do so by promoting anti-discrimination policies for those given access to their country with working visas. Basically, they tell their citizens: Someone else paid for their education and training, now we are going to cash in on that and help keep your taxes low by employing them here. It's simply pure pragmatic reasoning.
    The US suffers from far less 'structural unemployment' because its population, citizens and foreign residence alike, are able to move where the work is without having to apply for a new visa or learn a new foreign language-one language, where English, fits all US states. This seems to be a major reason why US unemployment rates are chronically lower than in Europe.
    I have found from living here continuously since 1989 and as recently as yesterday in the "Dutch News" that often even Dutch news media tend to support the stereotype of foreigners being either 'whores' or 'criminals' to be factually erroneous and acting needlessly to drive away skilled workers very much in demand.
    As long as these top class foreign skilled workers are not able to conveniently live here without first learning Dutch, more firms are more likely to put their high-tech operations, requiring their skills, in countries that best accommodate these professionals without demanding that they learn a new language, if they already have a command of the English language.