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A competitive workforce is a pivotal prerequisite for creating a globally competitive knowledge economy. Migration is an important instrument for filling labour and skill shortages in the labour markets and alleviating demographic tendencies of ageing and, in some countries, decreasing population, while also contributing to entrepreneurship, diversity and innovation in host economies.

An efficient and flexible labour market is a pillar of a competitive economy where human resources are allocated to their most efficient use in conditions of equality in the business and social environment, and workers are provided with incentives to perform in their jobs at their best capacity.

Europe is in a global competition to attract talent, and in light of this, integration policies are essential to attract migrants that are needed by the European economy. Successful migration is legal, well-managed, and provides a positive economic and social contribution to the host communities while also benefiting migrants and countries of origin. On the one hand, migrants are an important human resource to fill the needs of labour markets, but on the other, they also represent a disadvantaged group to be supported in its inclusion process in the labour markets and host communities.

In 2009-2013 the network conducted the following studies (available for download under Research):

  • Migration and the Economic Crisis in the European Union: Implications for Policy
  • Migration, Employment and Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2000-2009)
    • Part 1: Migration and the Labour Markets in the European Union (2000-2009)
    • Part 2: Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2000-2009)
  • Labour Shortages and Migration Policy
  • Labour Market Inclusion of the Less-Skilled Migrants in the European Union
  • Migration, Employment and Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2010) 
  • Migration, Employment and Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2011)
  • Recognition of Qualifications and Competences of Migrants
  • Improving Access to Labour Market Information for Migrants and Employers
  • Policy Highlights Summary of the LINET Research Findings 2009-2013

All studies are carried out in English, and their executive summaries are translated into the national languages of all LINET countries.


In order to disseminate the research results and promote further debate on the issues at hand, IOM LINET organized several EU-level conferences, each gathering various representatives from the thirty LINET countries, as well as Australia, Canada and the United States, including national government officials, EU institutions, academia, think-tanks, trade unions, private sector, international organizations and civil society. Information and conference material can be found under Events.

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High Level Conference06/11/2012
Labour and skills shortages are expected to rise in the European Union over the short to medium term, in parallel with unemployment rates. These tren...
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