The Committee on Economic Affairs and Development warmly welcomes
the report by Mr Pedro Agramunt on “The impact of the global economic
crisis on migration in Europe” and supports the main conclusions
and proposals contained in the draft resolution and the draft recommendation
tabled by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population.
The Economic Affairs Committee underscores the real and potential
economic benefits from the greater openness towards and better integration
of working migrants. It pleads that Council of Europe member states should
resist any temptation to turn to the protectionism of native workers
and should rather work towards demonstrating the positive contribution
of migrants to national economic development in the light of evolving socio-economic
context and demographic trends. Moreover, Council of Europe member
states should explore further the cost of integration as opposed
to the cost of non-integration of migrants.