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Just spoken to a friend who has just come back from holiday in Spain and she told me that they're opening their borders to E European workers very soon (she thinks - she speaks a bit of Spanish and picked it up on the tv news there). Is this correct?


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Spain, Portugal and Finland recently said that on May 1 they will revoke rules limiting the inflow of workers from countries that joined the EU in 2004. Mr. Spidla didn’t name the countries that are considering easing their rules but noted that Germany and Austria are the only countries that openly have pledged to keep their labor restrictions.

Under the treaty that let Poland, Hungary and eight other countries into the EU, the union’s 15 older member states were allowed to restrict labor migration for as long as seven years.

The United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland already have let in workers from the newer EU member states. Many of these migrants have filled labor shortages in low-wage sectors of the countries’ economies, which are among the best-performing in the EU.

Other countries, including France, where the unemployment rate hovers near 10%, are unlikely to open their borders ahead of schedule. France famously fears the Polish plumber—a hypothetical EU migrant who would undercut local labor rates and put French citizens out of work.

Ed Lasky 3 13 06


Edited by brainclamp

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Yup, borders are coming down.

The thing is this, most of the EU immigration, from my part of Spain, appears to be from Romania, since the languages are similar. Most of the border fun reported here is people smuggling from Africa, rickety boats making it to Tenerife, or Gib. Not to mention Spain's little footholds in North Africa.

Obviously the common language makes it popular with South Americans too.

So to me, it all seems like a bit of an empty gesture. Wages (outside financial services) are nowhere near UK, higher unemployment, a Mr new EU would be better off coming across the channel to be honest, esp. if his aim is to take his cash back home.

Lots of Russian oil money appearing on the costas by all accounts. Sorry London sellers - they'd rather go somewhere with beaches and gold courses :rolleyes:


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