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Re: Sailing in the EU
I assume the genesis of the ruling was an effort to curb illegal immigration, which several EU countries have a growing issue with. Nevertheless, I'm sure no one thinks that cruisers are a significant source of this.
The primary concern over illegal immigration is typically the displacement of jobs. However, in countries that mandate the administration of medical care, it can get expensive for their citizens to pick up the tab when the illegal immigrant leaves without paying the tab. I don't know this, but I suspect the EU has a policy similar to the US, where anyone that walks into a hospital must be treated regardless of ability to pay.
Their is a flat out industry in the US, where people are paid to house an immigrant on a tourist visa who is weeks from delivering a baby. They go to the hospital when they are due, have the baby with the best of medical care for Mom and the child and then return home without paying. Airfare, room and board are a fraction of the cost of the delivery and post-natal care.
Again, I doubt cruisers are the source of much of this, but all get swept up when there is a problem.
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