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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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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