Europe’s debate on immigration

Manual work on farms across Europe attracts immigrant labour (photo:dpa)
Manual work on farms across Europe attracts immigrant labour (photo:dpa)

Concerns that foreign workers drive down wages and impose pressures on housing, education and health services are leading to a growth in nationalist parties throughout Europe. Switzerland’s referendum to impose immigrant quotas has raised the temperature of the debate.

<i>Immigration has become a problem because Europe is characterised by high unemployment, stagnation and widespread privileges. Unfettered populism and fears about how democracy will operate in the presence of large numbers of immigrants is now encouraging renewed forms of nationalism. Yet, although the European authorities deserve credit for having underscored the freedom-of-movement principle, the EU reaction to...

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