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Palko: Immigration not a solution to demographics

Europe's demographic crisis shouldn't be resolved by immigration from other countries, KDH MP Vladimír Palko told a press conference on October 15.

Palko, who served as the interior minister in the last government, was reacting to a proposal put forward by EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini, who suggested that special 'blue cards' could be used to attract immigrants to the EU.

Palko prefers supporting policies aimed at boosting the birth rate in Slovakia and providing incentives for future parents. Most of any immigrants would be Muslim, whose integration into society would be problematic, Palko said.

Frattini introduced his plan at a conference in Lisbon on September 13. Card holders would be eligible to work in a particular EU member state for two years, and could prolong it or extend it to another EU member country. TASR

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