Austria - A plea for targeted and qualification-orientated immigration - January 01, 2017

Presenting the findings of a report on migration, the interior minister said the country needs around 50,000 migrants a year, who will work and pay social insurance. The population is shrinking and ageing. According to migration experts, the average birth rate of 1.4 children is not enough to counter this development. If the population does not grow the risk is that social benefits for all citizens will become unaffordable. However, the minister said that uncontrolled migration can be damaging to society and therefore he wants to set up a migration commission at the beginning of 2017 to come up with a strategy for controlled immigration.

English: http://www.thelocal.at/20161215/austrias-social-system-unaffordable-without-migration

The report (in German): http://www.infografiken.com/bmi-at/Flipbook …  

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