EU immigration debate continues
Immigration continues to be a hot political topic within the European Union (EU).
Free movement of workers within the EU is being called into question, with the rising popularity of several anti-immigration parties. Political groups such as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and France’s Front National are campaigning for national sovereignty and stronger migrant barriers.
Debate at the moment is centered on how the UK could renegotiate its position to EU treaties with regard to the free movement of workers, a process which would require ratification from each of the 28 EU member states.
Furthermore, the Observer’s Will Hutton recently noted that: "Europe [has] a breathtaking density of interdependencies […] To imagine that each one would be better managed by sovereign states [is] a denial of reality."
Similarly, according to Giovanni Peri, "immigration is likely to boost firm productivity and the wages of native workers in the long run by stimulating firm growth and contributing a range of skills and ideas."
Read more here.
Circular migration, by Klaus F. Zimmermann
Do immigrant workers depress the wages of native workers? by Giovanni Peri
The impact of migration on trade, by Murat Genç
Freedom of movement for workers, by John Kennan