Migration Controls are necessary

Polish Workers or Migrant workers as a whole are emotive words that can win or lose elections, cause riots in the streets and, but according to economists, are necessary to balance economies.

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While European governments have cracked down on foreign workers in response to high unemployment rates since the recession hit in 2008, the number of job vacancies for higher-skilled workers continues to grow, potentially hindering progress in new and innovative sectors. This is evidenced in all economies, with even Ireland, with rapidly escalating unemployment, bringing in over 1000 in 2010. Australia on the other hand, which announced in its budget an increase in the requirement in skilled workers to 185000 in 2011/12. The skills shortages in Australia are staggering. It is not just the Engineering and Mining sectors linked to a strong commodity base but also, like the rest of the world healthcare professionals are in short supply as are virtually anyone with certified trade skills. If you are well qualified you have to look at working in Australia as an option if you are unemployed.

Migration is a conundrum in most developed societies but especially in Europe and the Middle East. There are high levels of unemployment in parts of the Euro Zone with youth unemployment put at 100 million, but if you look at the reverse of the coin, there are well over a million jobs open. Some estimates are as high as high as 2 million, but the shortages are in areas where the skills simply don’t exist or, it they do, are not sufficiently abundant to fulfil demand and in many areas are getting worse and the problem will exacerbate and is not easily corrected.

It’s been forecast that the European Union will lose around 50 million workers by 2050 because of plummeting birth rates. Labour shortages began to emerge around eight years ago, but have become increasingly relevant as industries in Europe start to emerge from recession. As countries continue to grapple with low birth rates and ageing populations the situation is not going to get any easier, as we seem incapable of equipping our own people with the skills needed by industry and the strains are showing through.

Many companies see this lack of skilled workers as a damper on their ability to expand.  Many companies around Europe are saying,they’ll take the affected operation to Vietnam or India or some other low cost production base. With free market economies countries could also lose workers to Germany and Austria, which opened the doors on May 1 to allow free movement of workers from newer EU members, a move that’s being used as a way to battle their own lack of young, skilled labour. However, the Germans are insisting that the Polish Workers speak German, but unfulfilled demand has a tendency to see requirements ease.

But it is a world wide market for talent. Costs will act as a control at the top end and the Oil and Gas sector is a market barometer on the future as competing companies bid up prices in the chase for talent but others will have to follow as global growth returns. However, what Governments have got to avoid is immigration controls that stop their best businesses from accessing the skills that they need to survive and thrive in their home markets and get growth going. What Governments must stop is wholesale economic and political migration at the expense of its own people – if the indigenous unemployed people want to work.


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