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Antigone Lyberaki: Should Europe shut the door on immigration? Definitely Not!

Europe is in crisis. Fiscal uncertainty, public services cutbacks and soaring unemployment are stealing the attention of most governments. Migration policy (let alone Migration Strategy) takes the back seat; this turns out to be a very uncomfortable seat, fraught with hostility and negative defensive outbursts.

In the meantime, the world is changing. Europe’s attraction as a “promised Land” destination is failing. The real powerhouses of development have moved to the East. This is fuelling emigration from Europe to Asia, Brazil, Mexico, but also to other, less glamorous destinations. Interestingly, the number of Portuguese emigrating to Angola is larger than the number of Angolans migrating to Portugal these days.

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