Philippe Legrain, The Guardian | August 8, 2008
Despite the EU's claim to be the continent of human rights, immigrants are being mistreated in Spain and Italy. ++ Furthermore, the EU strengthens efforts to close its borders and approved a "return directive," which allows governments to detain unauthorised migrants for up to 18 months. ++ The EU must to recognize the fact that not every undocumented migrant is a criminal and it needs these persons in order to balance its ageing societies. ++ Instead of spending money on foreign aid, integration efforts should be enhanced.