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Comment on Stefania Pasquetti

In: Labor Mobility and the World Economy


  • Doris König

    (Bucerius Law School)


First of all, let me say that I fully agree with Ms. Pasquetti that many of the EU member states need migrant labor to prevent labor shortages in the future and even today. At first sight, this statement seems to be paradoxical, given the current high unemployment rate in many of these countries. I only want to mention the situation in Germany, which I am most familiar with: According to the Federal Labor Agency, the unemployment rate in May 2004 was 9.8 percent overall, 8.2 percent in western Germany, and a staggering 18.3 percent in eastern Germany. More than 300,000 young people leaving school within the next weeks will be looking for jobs which currently do not exist (Bundesagentur für Arbeit 2004). These statistics are meant to show you that the issue of labor migration is a highly explosive topic on the German political agenda. Public opinion is strictly against regulations allowing more labor migrants into the country and into the EU for fear of losing ever more jobs to aliens.

Suggested Citation

  • Doris König, 2006. "Comment on Stefania Pasquetti," Springer Books, in: Rolf J. Langhammer & Federico Foders (ed.), Labor Mobility and the World Economy, pages 225-229, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-540-31045-7_15
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-31045-7_15

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