The European Union Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, has claimed that Europe needs to take in an additional one million migrants each year to make up for corporate workforce losses.
Asserting that workforce numbers are shrinking by similar figures, “legal migration should grow more or less with one million per year and that is really a challenge to do that in an orderly way,” Johansson said during a conference in Greece.
“Legal migration works very well, but it’s not enough,” she added, alluding to illegal migration as a means to plug the so-called labor shortages. Before her key EU role, Johansson worked previously as Sweden’s Employment Minister.
Migration to the European Union reached 3.5 million in 2023, with over 300,000 illegal entries, with countries like the United Kingdom, where the government is facing criticism for its handling of the migrant crisis, seeing record-high numbers.
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