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Immigration-related headlines have become a staple in Europe, whether the story is of an illegal Malian immigrant scaling a Paris building to rescue a toddler or the formation of a populist government in Italy that aims to deport half a million migrants.Judging by my years spent studying the international migration of highly skilled workers, not to mention living as an immigrant, a rational and balanced debate on immigration must begin with the perspective of immigrants themselves.Of course, once in the host country, the immigrants' rights as foreign workers should be protected.Could the EU create its own "border zone" category permitting a system of flexible mobility for nonpermanent workers from Africa and the Near East?Denying migrants the privileges associated with living in their host country may seem to contradict traditional European liberal and egalitarian values. The key to softening the thorn, if not removing it altogether, may be to establish, at the national and EU levels, a social contract for economic migrants.Such a "foreign worker rights charter" would protect immigrants' rights, while restricting their social privileges.
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