As birth rates continue to decline in Europe, countries have accepted more migrants to replace an ageing workforce with young migrants. In Finland’s Joensuu municipality, this clearly isn’t a success, YLE reports.
More than half of migrants, 52 per cent, are unemployed in Joensuu and according to Tanja Manner of a local economic centre this has a lot to do with “poor Finnish skills” and “prejudice”.
Manner thinks one of the reasons of the high unemployment rate is that employers in the Joensuu municipality “have more prejudice against foreigners” than in the rest of Finland.
In the meantime Finland shows alarming birth rates which have even turned ‘negative’ with more deaths than new babies born for three years in a row.
It’s a problem that more European countries seem to experience as women choose work over children with plummeting birth rates of as a result.
In most countries the idea of accepting more migrants isn’t a good solution, as many migrants are unemployed and an extra burden for the welfare state.
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