This report challenges the common misconception that migrants
are a threat to local populations as they will take their jobs and
exploit social security systems. It provides concrete examples of
how migrants contribute to increasing economic growth and to the
creation of national wealth and draws the attention of the authorities of
member States and their societies to the positive impact of migration
on European economic development. It analyses European policies
which should contribute to taking full advantage of the opportunities
provided by migration.
The report suggests concrete actions to facilitate win-win
results in relation to the migration phenomenon in Europe, by learning
from the errors of the past and adapting to the fast-changing realities
of today’s society. It also demonstrates the advantages of accepting
asylum seekers and refugees and creating opportunities for them
to become regular migrants.
The Council of Europe member States are encouraged to gather,
analyse and monitor information on their labour force needs with
the aim of developing forward-thinking migration strategies and
responding to their needs in different sectors of the economy. Targeted
national regularisation programmes for irregular migrants should
be promoted and European qualification and competence standards
developed, to facilitate the recognition of migrants’ qualifications
and assessment of their skills.