Europe is practicing a policy of contradictions in addressing an influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva has said.
The EU needs the added manpower they bring but its still implementing policies designed to keep them out.
“There are strong minority groups opposed to any acceptance or distribution of asylum seekers or migrants, while in fact Europe needs additional manpower,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi.
He was addressing a press conference on Friday at the Palace of Nations, the headquarters of the League of Nations in Geneva.
“All demographic studies on Europe indicate that to maintain its present population and position, it needs more immigrants both to support social security and to provide manpower to get its industrial complex going,” he said.
Both experience and evidence show that immigration is good for the immigrants, the receiving country and the sending country, he said. But he also acknowledged that the initial impact for those seeking a new life in a new home and the host society can be problematic because of the “need for adjustment.”
“Education is important for both sides to overcome the initial impact by taking into account the long-range consequences that are beneficial to them,” he said.
Since January, Europe has seen in a surge in migrants with more than 100,000 reaching Italy and Greece so far this year.