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Labour Market Needs and Migration

Theme: Expert Seminar
Event: Labour Market Needs and Migration
Date: 16-06-2011
Location: Management Centre Europe, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, Brussels
Duration: 1 day

During the last year, in conditions of the ongoing economic crisis and political processes in its Member States and at its borders, the European Union saw an increasingly intense and controversial debate on immigration. Much attention has been paid on the national and the EU level to the notion of the need to strengthen the link between migration and labour market needs in order to increase its contribution to recovery and growth. Proposed in 2010, the Europe 2020 strategy stated that the EC will work ‘to promote forward-looking and comprehensive migration policy which will respond in a flexible way to the priorities and needs of labour markets’. The EC Communication on Migration released on 4 May 2011 announced a Green Paper on Addressing Labour Shortages through Migration in the EU Member States to be developed in 2012.


With migration considered an instrumental component of the EU growth and competitiveness strategy, it remains unclear how such labour market needs, and in particular labour and skill shortages emerging practically at all skill levels, are to be defined, determined in employment policies and then reflected in admissions policies. However, further to the challenges related to selective admissions, what are the policy lessons for a rapid and successful integration of immigrants in the labour market? At the end, can migration help meeting labour market needs in Europe?



Against this background, IOM Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts (LINET) with support of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission is holding a one-day expert seminar on Labour Market Needs and Migration in Brussels on 16 June 2011 gathering participants from 27 EU Member States, Canada, the US, as well as Croatia, Norway and Turkey.


Preliminary findings of the IOM LINET study on Identification of Labour and Skill Shortages in the Context of Migration and Employment Policies will be presented by IOM Expert Panel gathering researchers from the EU, Canada and the US, and will serve as a basis for the subsequent debate with a broad range of stakeholders that will aim at placing migration within a broader strategic economic and employment policy discourse.


Two thematic sessions will further explore the key facets of the debate. On the one hand, the participants will discuss whether focusing on labour shortages or rather ensuring a flexible and adaptable workforce would be a pertinent pathway towards maximizing migration’s contribution to employment and growth. On the other hand, as evidence shows that even comprehensive admission policies at times result in underwhelming labour market outcomes for migrants, the second thematic session will be dedicated to the capacity of Europe to attract the needed migrants and to make best use of their talents.


The seminar will be concluded by a stakeholder panel discussion with participation of representatives of the EU institutions, national governments, social partners and experts who will offer their insights on the themes debated during the seminar.


The working language of the conference will be English.



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