High-Skilled Immigration Policy in Europe
AbstractWhether Europe will be able to stand up to its internal and external challenges crucially depends on its ability to manage its internal mobility and inflows of international migrants. Using a unique expert opinion survey, we document that Europe needs skilled migrants, and skill mismatch is to be expected. A review of current immigration policies shows that despite a number of positive recent developments Europe lacks a consistent strategy to address this challenge effectively, paralyzed by the notion of "fortress" Europe, which we argue should be abandoned. Since significant political tensions can be expected between native actors that favor and disfavor further immigration, improving European immigration policies and procedures is a formidable challenge. This task involves the need to improve Europe's image among potential migrants, especially the high-skilled ones.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 1096.
Length: 40 p.
Date of creation: 2011
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High-skilled migration; mobility; immigration policy; Europe; European Union;
Other versions of this item:
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2011-01-23 (European Economics)
- NEP-EUR-2011-01-23 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-HRM-2011-01-23 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LTV-2011-01-23 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-MIG-2011-01-23 (Economics of Human Migration)
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