Europe told to open borders for 20m Asian and African workers
Europe must relax its immigration controls and open the door to an extra 20m workers during the next two decades, the European Union's justice chief will say today.
Franco Frattini, justice commissioner, is to tell the bloc's immigration ministers in Lisbon that the EU should stop erecting barriers and instead build safe pathways for Africans and Asians who risk their lives heading to the continent to find a job.
"We have to look at immigration not as a threat but - when well-managed, and that is our new task - as an enrichment and as an inescapable phenomenon of today's world," he will say.
"Europe has to compete against Australia, Canada, the USA and the rising powers in Asia." He will suggest the word immigration and its "dark side" should be dropped in favour of "mobility".
And in a completely unrelated story,
Prisons in England and Wales have hit a new record population, exceeding their normal capacity for the first time, officials have confirmed.
According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice the population breached its current capacity of 81,972 on Thursday evening.
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