• Maria Matskevich

The challenges of opening a business in Europe with a non-EU passport

To some, it may seem like not letting low skilled immigrants into their country is a good thing. I often hear the "we will be paying for them with our taxes" argument. While that has already been addressed by experts and compromises have been suggested - let's go along with it for a second. What if I told you that even high-skilled, university-educated people are getting turned down from opportunities in the EU or other countries that aren't their own? "Well, the government is just protecting its people and saving jobs for its citizens," I hear you say. OK. What if I tell you that this person wasn't looking to "steal" a job from a national, but wanted to create jobs for the citizens of the country in question? Would you get interested in the circumstances then?

If yes, I invite you to grab a tea, coffee, or whatever your beverage of choice is and read through the following interview. A few weeks ago, I got the chance to catch up with a good friend of mine - Mohamed El-Sharkawi, a graduate of École hôtelière de Lausanne, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and someone who's recently come face to face with the difficulties of immigration laws.

Give it a read and let us know what you think. Do you find the limits he's faced as justified, or do you believe they are too much, and we all deserve more freedom?

...for the full interview head over to the Freedom of Movement Project.