Should The EU Declare An Amnesty For Its 3 Million Illegal Immigrants?

The European Council in 2008 estimated that the EU has 3 million illegal immigrants. Migration affects all nations one way or another as people increasingly move around the world escaping war or environmental catastrophes or as with the majority of migrants simply to find jobs and a better standard of living. As a rich area of the world Europe attracts large numbers of migrants looking for work and this often creates backlashes against such immigrants who are accused of stealing jobs. However Europe is also facing a major demographic shift as native populations get older and begin to shrink. Migrants will therefore become more and more necessary. An amnesty would provide numerous advantages for European economies and especially for those who would be granted an amnesty but there could be a backlash against governments.

Should The EU Declare An Amnesty For Its 3 Million Illegal Immigrants?

Yes because... No because...

it will decrease criminal level of the society, also will give rights for humans with no rights.

People who are not registered anywhere, live and work illegally are potential criminals or could be used by criminals (mostly already used by). Many illegal immigrants live for years in Europe with no documents or fake documents, they do not pay income taxes (but they also do not use social benefits/aid). Not to mention they mostly do not have any medical insurance and do not go to doctors until the very bad end. And its also a shame to societies that claim equal rights for all people of any skin colour or religion. I do not mention millions of refugees, because they do use social benefits and do not have the right to work to pay for themselves, so obviously most of them where shifted for criminal activities.

Should The EU Declare An Amnesty For Its 3 Million Illegal Immigrants?

Yes because... No because...

Encourages further immigration

Amnesties are not very helpful because they simply encourage more migrants to enter countries illegally in the hope that there will simply be another one. Also once there is an amnesty those who have been granted the amnesty and are able to work legally and gain security so they will bring family into the EU country where they are staying to live with them.

Spain has granted numerous amnesties since 1985 as a response to increasing immigration, particularly from South America. There has been an ever increasing number of applications for these amnesties from 43,815 in 1985 to 350,000 in 2001[[Maas, Willem. "The Politics of Immigration, Employment, and Amnesty in Spain" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006. http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p99612_index.html pp.10, 14]] and then a general amnesty in 2005 that had 700,000 applicants.[[Giles Tremlett, Spain grants amnesty to 700,000 migrants, The Guardian, 9th May 2009, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/may/09/spain.gilestremlett This has been due to the continuing and indeed increasing immigration into Spain. While the recession and increasing economic difficulties may well have reduced this for the moment the Spanish experience shows that amnesties do not help.

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