Free Movement of Workers and Labour Market Adjustment

Recent Experiences from OECD Countries and the European Union

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This publication presents recent evidence and analytical work on the impact and future perpectives of demographic trends in the workforce, taking also into account education, skills and geographical mobility. It pays particular attention to the labour mobility patterns generated by the development of free mobility in Europe and simlar developments in other parts of the world.



EU enlargement and Ireland's labour market

This chapter considers several issues related to EU enlargement, migration and Ireland’s labour market. The first section presents the figures on net migration to Ireland for the recent past. What becomes clear from this picture, and what will be known to most observers, is that the Irish experience since 2004 is broken up into two very distinct phases. For the four years after 2004, net migration was strong but from 2009, net migration has turned negative due to Ireland’s deep recession. Given these two phases, it is necessary to examine the labour market dimensions from different perspectives.


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