Ireland's ESRI urges limited immigration from Bulgaria, Romania
The UK and Sweden were the only other countries that chose not to limit immigration from the 2004 entrants. UK Home Secretary John Reid on September 19 said the UK needs to „manage immigration carefully, including in respect of the forthcoming decisions over Romania and Bulgaria,” suggesting Britain might limit immigration from those countries. The ESRI predicts Ireland's economy will expand 5.9% this year and 5% in 2007. Unemployment will average 4.4% both years, the institute said in today's report. „If it turns out that the next few years are bumper years of economic growth, it could be the case that significant numbers of people from Bulgaria and Romania would be admitted under a permit or green-card program,” Barrett said. „We should avoid locking into a policy that could be very difficult to turn around.” (Bloomberg)
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