L awstrija tidher li almenu ghanda ftit mentalita sura mhux bhal dolor u gonzi taghna. qalet car u tond l ewwel responsabilta tal EU hi ic cittadini taghha imbad wara nahsbu ghall haddiehor. qalet immigranti jigu biss jekk ikollna bzonn in nies. Jekk le ma jigu xejn. http://www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=211136 Immigration into EU 'must be controlled'
Ivan Camilleri in Vienna
Considered to be one of the most opinionated EU member states when it comes to immigration, Austria has very strong views on economic immigrants and jobs in the EU.
"First we need to provide jobs for our citizens and then we can consider employing immigrants," Hubert Gorbach, Austria's Vice Chancellor, said in an interview with The Times.
Mr Gorbach belongs to the right-wing Alliance for the Future of Austria Party, led by Jorg Haider, and which is the junior coalition partner in Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel's government.
"We can't host all the immigrants in the world that want to come and start a career in Europe. In Austria alone we have 350,000 unemployed people and when you consider the whole EU the figures run into millions. That is why we first need to find proper jobs for our own citizens and then employ immigrants."
The European Commission has just issued a communication arguing that the EU member states will need about 20 million immigrants in the coming 25 years in order to be able to compete economically with the other big economies in the world. The shortfall expected in the number of workers is due to the aging population and low fertility rates across the EU.
Mr Gorbach insists priority should be given to solving the problems of the millions of Europeans who are still without a job. "It is true that we need to have economic immigrants to perform certain duties. However, I think that this has to be done in a controlled way. We need only to have immigrants performing certain jobs and not all jobs. That is why the time has come for the EU to establish a system of Green cards - similar to that being adopted by Canada."
The Green Card system allows immigrants to be employed only in jobs needed in the economy and where there is a shortage of local skills.