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High-Skilled Immigration Policy in Europe

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  • Martin Kahanec
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

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Whether 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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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 1096.

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Length: 40 p.
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1096

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Keywords: High-skilled migration; mobility; immigration policy; Europe; European Union;

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  1. Sarit Cohen-Goldner & M. Daniele Paserman, 2006. "Mass migration to Israel and natives' employment transitions," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 59(4), pages 630-652, July.
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  1. Hinte, Holger & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2010. "Mehr ökonomische Rationalität in der Zuwanderungspolitik," IZA Standpunkte 28, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Zibrowius, Michael, 2011. "Convergence or divergence? Immigrant wage assimilation patterns in Germany," IWQW Discussion Paper Series 03/2011, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik und Quantitative Wirtschaftsforschung (IWQW).
  3. Martin Kahanec, 2013. "Skilled Labor Flows: Lessons from the European Union," Research Reports 1, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
  4. Kahanec, Martin, 2012. "Report No. 49: Skilled Labor Flows: Lessons from the European Union," IZA Research Reports 49, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Eichhorst, Werner & Giulietti, Corrado & Guzi, Martin & Kendzia, Michael J. & al., et, 2011. "Report No. 40: The Integration of Migrants and its Effects on the Labour Market," IZA Research Reports 40, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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