The European Union will soon announce a new policy that will allow its member states to only detain illegal immigrants for no longer than six months. The EU wants to create a uniform policy that would be applicable throughout the organization. There are an estimated 10 to 12 milliion illegal immigrants in the EU, some of whom work under virtual slave conditions and it was felt there was need for some universality in treatment. The compromise entails a seven-day period for illegal immigrants to voluntarily return home, provides for special facilities for detainees, especially for children and allows non-government organizations access to the illegal immigrants.
As the European Union continues to grown, illegal immigration will only increase in importance as a vital component of its workforce. It certainly makes sense to establish uniform codes of behavior toward these workers.