The international mobility of people can be a significant and positive force for economic, social and cultural development in both the countries of origin and the host countries.
Migration is the result not only of economic and employment needs within Europe, but also of the demographic situation, political instability and economic and social inequality in the third countries from which immigrants and refugees originate. Notwithstanding, it is a key factor in Europe's future development. For this reason, clear and effective policies are required to ensure full social integration of the immigrant population as well as cooperation with countries of origin on the management of migratory movements.
In the EU, where most internal borders have been abolished and people now can move freely, migratory movements cannot be managed by each country alone. It is essential that EU Member States cooperate in order to better manage migration. As migration concerns all countries, it is also an important issue for the national economic and social councils and their cooperation.
ESC & EESC Works
OPINIONS OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL OF GREECE
Migration (own-initiative opinion - 2010)
Entry, residence and social integration of third countries’ nationals in the Greek territory - draft law, 2005