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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

EU: More migrants needed to fill jobs of future



BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite the European Union’s economic woes and high unemployment, the bloc will need to attract more migrants in the coming years to fill the jobs of the future, a senior official said Friday.

Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom unveiled a package of programs that she said would make it easier for legal migrants to enter the EU, helping them get visas faster or, in some cases, eliminate the need for them altogether.


And she said the measures would help them find jobs in the EU that match their skills and make it cheaper for them to send money to family members back home — a major source of income for some poorer countries.

Unemployment across the European Union now is about 9.5 percent, meaning that 22.5 million workers are without jobs. But Europe’s population is getting older and there will not be enough people to fill certain skilled jobs, Malmstrom said.

“It is evident that labor migration will be a part of all our societies in the future,” she said.


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