The European Union needs to loosen up its immigrant acceptance criteria and open up its gates for about 20 million temporary workers in the next 20 years, says European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini, quoted by Financial Times.

His message is about to be delivered to the ministers present at a Lisbon conference on legal labor migration.

Frattini says EU needs to open up its gates and create conditions for Africa and Asia workers who imperil their lives just to get in Europe.

He adds that migration is not a threat but a positive phenomenon, a characteristic of today’s world.

Financial Times says Europe needs to compete with Canada, Australia and USA and for this, it needs to encourage the mobility of the labor market.

Frattini says that countries like Germany, Italy or Hungary are in desperate need of immigrants since their population is aging.