"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Monday, 4 March 2013

“People should be free to live, work and fall in love wherever they please.”


You are a strong advocate of immigration, having written that “people should be free to live, work and fall in love wherever they please”. Do you regard EU immigration differently from non-EU immigration?

No, I would not make a distinction between EU and non-EU immigration. It is a huge benefit of the EU that people are allowed to move freely for any reason they want. And it is a pretty amazing thing if you consider that the difference in GDP per capita between Sweden and Romania is bigger than that between the US and Mexico. It is also a freedom from which many Estonians have benefited – and one that should be applied more widely.

Twenty years ago people in the West thought that people would never be able to move freely from Tallinn to Lisbon – and that if it did, it would mean the end of the world as we know it. But it has happened and the fears have not materialised, which is not surprising because people’s fears about immigration are mostly just irrational emotions based on “fear of the other”.

Via https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK , https://twitter.com/19pst

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