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Migration and European labour market transformations

  • Date(s)
    3 July 2008
  • Location

Policy Network has held a high-level roundtable discussion on the economic and political implications of labour migration in Europe, entitled “Migration and European labour market transformations” in Paris on 3 July.

The seminar, hosted in cooperation with Patrick Weil of the Université Panthéon Sorbonne, brought together a select group of senior policymakers and leading academics from across the EU, to debate the economic and political implications of labour migration.

The discussion centred on a comparative analysis of the immigration policies of different European countries and their impact on labour market outcomes; the problem of irregular migration and the strengths and weaknesses of different strategies for responding to it; and the policy implications of the demand for high skilled migrants.

In the first session, Christian Dustmann, professor of economics, and director of the Centre for Research and Analysis on Migration, University College London, and Ferruccio Pastore, deputy director and head of mission at the Centre for the Study of International Politics, Rome, gave presentations addressing the impact of immigration on Europe's labour markets.

This was followed in the second session by presentations from Patrick Weil, director of the Centre for the Study of Immigration, Integration, and Citizenship Policies (CEPIC) at the University of Paris1, Panthéon – Sorbonne, and senior transatlantic fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Paris; Peter Veld, chair of the General Directors’ Immigration Services Conference, and general director of the Dutch immigration and naturalisation service; and Francisco Javier Moreno Fuentes, research fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), examining the problem of irregular migration in Europe and the strength and weaknesses of different strategies for responding to it, including the “immigration pact” proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy for the French EU presidency.

The third, and final session, explored the policy implications of the demand for high skilled migration in the EU. It was addressed by Marc Owen, head of strategy unit, policy and strategy group, UK Border Agency; Jean-Christophe Dumont, principal administrator at the directorate of employment, labour and social affairs of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris; and Jakob Von Weizsäcker, research fellow at BRUEGEL and former
economist at the World Bank.

In the run up to the event two papers were produced on Dealing with illegal long-term migrants: a new approach, by Patrick Weil; and The Italian migratory laboratory: promises, failures and lessons for Europe, by Ferruccio Pastore. Both papers can be read on the Policy Network website. A third paper entitled Strait is the game - Europe's immigration priorities, by Jakob Von Weizsäcker, can be viewed on the BRUEGEL website.

The Paris seminar was the second formative meeting of a major research initiative launched this year by Policy Network, with the support of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, on the myths and realities of labour migration. Click here to read an outline of the wider project.

If you have any questions about the event, or the research programme, please contact Isra Jawad at ijawad@policy-network.net.

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