Migration is a difficult subject to address in times of crisis and high unemployment. It gets a bad press – because migrants are scapegoats for problems; because the migration policies in Europe have not always functioned at their best; or simply because good news and positive stories do not easily gain space in the media nowadays.
However, it is undeniable that migration can help diversify societies, enriching and invigorating them. Migrants bring economic dynamism, entrepreneurship, new ideas and also create jobs.
Contrary to a common misunderstanding, legal migrants do not take jobs from local workers and do not bring wages down. Despite an overall high EU unemployment rate, migrants help to fill labour and skills shortages that increasingly appear in some sectors of the economy.
In today's Europe, where the working age population is shrinking, migrants also contribute to addressing these demographic challenges.
By providing labour and skills that can't easily be found in Europe, by working, earning, spending money and paying taxes, by setting up companies and creating jobs, by using services and buying products that other actors are offering, migrants are contributing to make the European economy move.