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Open Euro borders and Slovak migration

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  • Martin Votruba
    After Slovakia and other post-communist countries joined the European Union, only Britain, Ireland and Sweden allowed their citizens free access to their labor
    Message 1 of 1 , May 26, 2005
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      After Slovakia and other post-communist countries joined the European
      Union, only Britain, Ireland and Sweden allowed their citizens free
      access to their labor markets. The other countries have decided to
      delay free labor movement from the new members for up to 7 years
      allowed now by the European Union. No such restricitions applied to
      any new members admitted to the EU in the past.

      Below are snippets from the first British report on the results of
      London's decision, which says that the Slovaks were the third largest
      group among the immigrants from the new EU members.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu

      x x x


      In the run-up to the EU enlargement, a series of British newspapers
      ran stories warning of an influx of Eastern European immigrants eager
      to claim state benefits in Britain.

      However, virtually all the newcomers have come to work, and only a
      tiny percentage was seeking state aid.

      According to research commissioned by the British governmnet, 176,000
      people from the so-called "A8" states entered Britain between May 1,
      2004, when the EU expanded to 25 nations, and the end of March this
      year.

      The incomers -- 56% of whom were Polish, with Lithuanians and Slovaks
      the next most numerous -- contributed around 910 million dollars to
      the British economy over the 11-month period.

      Individuals from the new member states make up just over 0.4% of the
      total working age population and there is little evidence of a
      widespread impact on employment, unemployment or wages.
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