Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More on "A Dose of Realism"

The UK and Ireland plan to restrict migration from Bulgaria and Romania once these two Balkan countries join the EU in 2007.

On top of that:

``We will expect employers to look exclusively to workers from EU nations to meet any low-skilled labor shortages within the U.K.,'' Home Secretary John Reid said in a statement. ``From the first of January 2007 we will be phasing out all low-skilled migration schemes for workers outside the EU.''

This of course would affect post-Soviet states like Ukraine and Georgia.

I'm tired of all the pundits here who keep carping about "integration" of post-Soviet states with the West but want someone else to pay the bills.

So, if Georgian guest workers are being deported from Russia, and the EU doesn't want them--we are now at "put up or shut up" time for the U.S. Still waiting to hear a single member of Congress endorse the idea I first put forward more than 3 years ago--for a post-Soviet guest worker/visa program. Won't be holding my breath.

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