March 9, 2006

THE ONLY WORTHWHILE EUROPEAN ECONOMIES:

Wave of Eastern European Workers Hits U.K. (Rob Gifford, 3/09/06, Day to Day)

The sound of Polish, Latvian and Estonian chatter is often heard in London cafes these days -- largely due to the United Kingdom opening its labor markets to countries that have joined the European Union. Rob Gifford reports on how new workers from Eastern Europe are affecting the British economy.

Guess what the effects are overall after six times as many have officially come as predicted?

Eastern Europe is facing a double-edged sword: As membership in EU decreases unemployment, it also is creating a new brain drain (TOM HUNDLEY, 3/03/06, Chicago Tribune)

Each month, Poland loses about 30,000 workers, many of them young and well-educated, to Britain, Ireland and Sweden. The three countries were the only members of the European Union that did not impose restrictions on immigration from its 10 new member states .

Instead of flooding the market with "Polish plumbers" — the European catchphrase for cheap, low-skilled immigrant labor — the mighty tide of migration from Eastern Europe has fueled impressive economic growth in Britain and Ireland.

In a report last month, the EU said free migration of labor produced more benefits than costs and encouraged members to open their doors.

The hesitance was evident when the European Parliament recently approved a watered-down version of a bill that was supposed to make it easier for service companies to operate across borders.

Bowing to pressure from powerful German and French trade unions, the lawmakers included many exemptions to protect highly paid workers in wealthy countries.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2006 1:04 PM
Comments

Open the American southern borders.

100% of people wishing to work in the U.S. to be granted green cards, subject to passing 100% backround checks, and required to give fingerprints and DNA samples.

Give 'em a few years to get up to speed on English and the American culture, and they'll be well-qualified to staff nursing homes, or do in-home assistance, just in time for the Boomers.

Posted by: Noam Chomsky at March 9, 2006 2:19 PM

> the lawmakers included many exemptions to protect highly paid workers in wealthy countries

Makes you proud to be a socialist.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 9, 2006 4:16 PM

Noam, you really cleaned up very nicely. My position exactly.

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2006 7:12 PM
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