Even though the increase in the migratory flux in Europe and globalisation is apparent and supported by hard facts like the increase in the number of people living in a country different from that of their birth from 175 million in 2010 to 260 million in 2018, nationalism keeps occupying a dangerously prominent spot in the sense of identity of EU citizens.
At a quick glance of Europe, we can observe how countries that should be at the forefront for technological and economic development seem to be regressing into an attitude of strong nationalism.
In Italy, for instance, the League’s rise to power and the controversial policies of Matteo Salvini have gained widespread coverage in European newspapers. This Eurosceptic vision is shared by the UK, which infamously decided to leave the EU in the shocking Brexit referendum.
This dangerous trend can be observed as it spreads across Europe like an incredibly stubborn oil stain. The progressive views of countries like Spain and Germany are being undermined by these far-right voices which seem to be ever more appealing to the general public.
Migrants can face threats like xenophobia, vulnerability, and biases in the workplace, independently from their education level. Migration policies tend to tackle these issues and are often looked upon as fuelled by a desire for economic development and inclusiveness. With the rise to power of far-right figures, this development and inclusiveness that is undoubtedly an index of a civilised and caring society, face their most difficult challenge to date.
But there’s hope.
The lack of results achieved so far by the UKIP party in the UK and by other nationalist parties all across Europe seems to suggest a possible shift in the near future. Moreover, the impact of immigration on European countries has been the subject of many studies over the years, all of which seem to suggest that a more inclusive society is nothing but beneficial to the economic, political and cultural spheres of any given country. The level of education of people who are “on the move” is believed to play a big role in the peaceful and smooth integration in a foreign country.
In the EU migration map, we can discover data that might have been less known before. For instance, Poland takes a higher proportion of skilled migrants than the UK, while France is the preferred destination for low-skilled migrants in the confines of the EU.
Also, the numbers suggest that the UK is the biggest overall destination for people seeking employment elsewhere, followed by Germany. These are just a few of the information the map offers. We can’t be certain about how exactly this flux of migrants will be impacted by the controversial Brexit vote, especially if Boris Johnson becomes UK’s Prime Minister.
Recently, the former Mayor of London, has proposed a point-based system similar to that of Australia. The UK already employs a point-based system for non-EEA migrants, where the right to reside in the country is based on a number of points that vary according to education level, being sponsored by a company, or meeting a salary threshold.
Written by Stefano Roberti of AccuraCast Limited