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Immigration
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Easier for UK immigrants to stay, harder to find work
LONDON, Reuters — Immigrants find it easier to stay legally in Britain over the long term than in many other European countries, but it is often harder for them to find jobs, research showed on Monday.

倫敦,路透社 — 研究報告週一指出,移民們發現,與歐洲其他國家相比,在英國合法長期居留較為容易,但要找到工作通常較難。

Britain ranked fifth in migrants' ease of gaining long-term residency and nationality in a study of 25 European Union member states and Norway, Switzerland and Canada conducted by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group.

英國文化協會與移民政策組織的報告指出,在移民取得長期居留權和國籍之容易度方面,英國在廿五個歐盟會員國和挪威、瑞士、加拿大等國家中,排名第五。

According to the study, more than 65 percent of Britons believe the country's 3.4 million immigrants born outside of the EU enrich its culture.

報告顯示,超過百分之六十五的英國人認為,三百四十萬名非歐盟國家出生的移民,使該國文化變得更豐富多元。

But immigrants found it difficult to bring their families into the UK and to find work, with the study ranking Britain 12th.

不過移民們發現,讓家屬入籍英國和找到工作實屬不易;該報告則將英國列為第十二名。

Britain also ranked poorly in terms of clamping down on anti-discrimination and racism, coming 11th out of 15 of the older EU states.

英國在消弭「反岐視」和「種族岐視」方面也遙遙落後,在十五個「元老」歐盟會員國中,排名第十一。

Britain was rated ninth overall for ease of integration behind Sweden, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Italy and Norway.

整體而言,融入英國的難易程度排名第九,落後瑞典、葡萄牙、比利時、荷蘭、芬蘭、加拿大、義大利與挪威等國。

British Council chief Martin Davidson said he hoped the report would trigger "wider discussion, greater understanding and effective action".

英國文化協會會長戴維森表示,他希望該報告能引起「廣泛討論、更多同理心和有效行動。」

"Migration is one of the key issues facing Europe along with questions of identity, religious agenda and fears arising from terrorism and war."

「除了認同問題、宗教議題及對恐怖主義和戰爭日益增加的恐懼,移民問題也是歐洲各國正面臨的重大挑戰之一。」

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