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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT? The E.U. is delaying the entry of people from new member states, like these Hungarian job seekers

The tabloid headlines are lurid: FOUR MILLION IMMIGRANTS HEADING HERE predicts Britain's The People; GYPSY CRISIS warns the Daily Express. Keeping out foreigners has long been a neuralgic issue in European politics. But May 1, the date when 10 new, relatively poor countries join the E.U., is bringing a new intensity to dire warnings about a flood of low-paid workers from the East stealing jobs and benefits from the more prosperous West.

That image must come as cold, ironic comfort to 54 Greeks who did not exactly find Britain an employment paradise before they hurried home two weeks...

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