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Feb 7, 2005
EU may introduce migrant green cards
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The paper mentions the possibility of issuing work/residence permits valid for the entire EU. This enables skilled workers to move around more easily.


Although common policies on asylum and immigration are developing between the EU member states, many issues are still controlled at the national level.


Commission representatives said the paper was intended to stimulate discussion rather than being a preset policy. And senior officials said controls would be maintained on the immigration process.


"It does not open the door to unrestricted economic migration to the EU," said Franco Frattini", the EU Justice Commissioner.

Immigration in the EU


Immigration is a highly sensitive issue in the EU.


There is anti-immigrant sentiment in many countries, but ageing populations across the 25 member block make it imperative that new workers be brought in. However, at the present level of immigration, from 2010 to 2030 there will be a decline of 20 million in the number of working-age people in the EU.

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