Building an EU Talent Pool

A New Approach to Migration Management‎ for Europe

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How can the European Union become more attractive for talented professionals looking for job opportunities worldwide? Can EU-level action support employers, private and public stakeholders in each Member State to better leverage international recruitment into the Single Market? This report presents a new overview of the obstacles that continue to hamper the attraction and recruitment of skills from outside Europe, and discusses the role of both public and private initiatives to help overcome these barriers. It provides a comparative analysis of the Expression of Interest (EoI) system of migration management as implemented in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and assesses its potential to address the needs of the European labour migration system. The report presents several options and variants for adapting the EoI, step by step and EU-wide, and examines their feasibility, constraints and advantages.


Scenarios for the adaptation of the EOI System to the EU context

This chapter proposes possible scenarios for the adaptation of the EoI model – or elements of it – in the European context. The chapter identifies three main scenarios for the implementation of an EU-wide EOI-type of system. The legislative and administrative changes required for each scenario are examined, as well as the extent to which they reproduce two-step migration management from the original EoI model. The scenarios range from a pooling and matching mechanism for existing labour migration schemes, with no legislative change, to a new or modified EU-wide scheme served by two-step selection. The chapter discusses a feature common to all scenarios, an EU-wide infrastructure for pre-screening migration candidates and pooling their profiles, vetting employers. The potential role of public employment agencies in accessing the pool and managing the matching mechanism is discussed.


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