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13.04.2011 Speech (in Greek) by Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, in a discussion that took place on April 13, 2011 at the Auditorium of the Marfin Laiki Bank Cultural Centre in Nicosia.

Do we need immigrants? The answer is "yes". In the European Union, the number of pensioners increases, while the number of workers decreases. If, in the coming years, no immigrants enter Europe, the European population will be reduced; in fact, there will be a decrease in the number of young people and workers. Therefore, while in Cyprus today there are 4 workers for every pensioner, in 2060 there will be 2 workers for every pensioner. This condition will affect negatively the European social security systems. Moreover, it is expected that European economies will be faced with considerable personnel shortages in new technologies: until 2015, Europe will need an additional 400 000 to 700 000 IT professionals while, in 2020, there will be shortages of 1 to 2 million workers in health professions.

The European Union plans a set of concrete measures for immigration in the coming months. The initiatives promoted will centre on, among others, pairing available skills with market needs, making the best use of available skills, more transparency, more information on migrants' rights, more border controls, fighting illegal immigration etc.

You can click here for Ms Kaminara's presentation.

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