Family, not work

The Economist’s “Certain Ideas of Europe” blog, is good today on immigration. Go to the site to download a new report, sponsored by the Dutch temporary employment agency Randstad, “Mind the Gap.”

“It makes some points that deserve to be better known: for example, it sets out data showing how family reunification, not the hunt for a new job, is the main cause of inward immigration in most European countries. Of the countries studied, only in Portugal and Denmark are a majority of new arrivals work related, it finds.”

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