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Open Borders Benefit Economy: Brussels
November 26, 2008   
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After the European Union expanded to take in 10 more countries in 2004, citizens of "new" member states were allowed to work in Britain, Ireland and Sweden, and later in eight other "old" EU states. The European Commission considers the results of this wave of immigration to be positive.

A Commission report published Nov. 18 says that Lithuania has the highest percentage of its population working in "old" member states, at 3.1 percent, followed by Cyprus and Romania. In Poland, 2 percent of the population has left the country to work in other EU states.

"Immigrant workers from the new members states have contributed to the economic growth in their host countries," said Vladimir Spidla, EU commissioner for employment and social affairs. "We have not observed a negative impact on unemployment and wage levels."

By publishing information on the job market opening up, the Commission wants to encourage the remaining states that are still hesitating-Germany, Austria, Denmark and Belgium. By the end of April 2009 they have to decide whether they will open up their job markets to workers from new member states except for Bulgaria and Romania, or whether they want to maintain restrictions for the final two years. If they rule against lifting restrictions, they have to justify their decision, outlining the negative impact they expect from the influx of workers from new member states.
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