The European Union (EU) must stimulate the emigrants’ role of innovation and development agents in order to overcome the effects of the global crisis, Romanian Euro-parliamentarian Corina Cretu (the Social Democrat Party PSD), who co-chairs the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, told a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Commissions on Development and Civil Liberties. The debates chaired by Cretu in Brussels on Tuesday focused on an analysis of the causes for and impact of migration on the development policies ahead of the United Nations’ high-level talks on the international migration due in October. ‘At these times of deep economic instability and in the face of the demographic challenges, which result in a shrinkage of the working-age population and increase in the rate of the pension beneficiaries, the labour force migration is part of the solution that we have a duty to support on a global level. The legal and controlled migration may bring benefits for the country of origin to the same extent as to the destination country, ranging from curbing poverty and narrowing the gaps to increased productivity’, the Romanian MEP explained. The Commission deputy chair cautioned over the risk that the extremist-xenophobic tendencies might take their toll on the integration of as many as 32 million immigrants coming from outside the EU.