I'm guessing the answer isn't "practice".
July 21, 2010 7:24 AM Subscribe
Help me understand what seems like a contradiction: News stories I read seem to depict there being quite a lot of immigration into EU countries, and attendant unrest over cultural factors. But while a lot of people I know say they would love to move to Europe, the few who've actually done research into it seem to indicate that it's nearly impossible to get in unless you're wealthy or in a select few professions. How do middle and lower class people actually immigrate to Europe?
posted by gracedissolved to law & government (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
See also here
for an example.
This isn't really a personal thing, it's just something that's been niggling at me for a long while. The comments in that thread are pretty typical fare for what I've heard about the general difficulties of an American moving to the EU. So how do all the people who do immigrate but aren't doctors/executives/etc get there?
I'm aware that the reason there's unrest about it is tied heavily into race and religious intolerance issues, and that's not the question, just to be clear. I just am curious about the actual legalities of how such an immigrant population has built up if the immigration laws are such that they're regarded by Americans as nearly impenetrable to the middle/lower classes.