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.



Governing migration

public goods and private partnerships

International migration, like trade, is a fundamental feature of the postwar liberal order. As states and societies become more liberal and more open, migration increased. Will this increase in migration be a virtuous or a vicious cycle? Much will depend on how migration is managed by the more powerful liberal states, because they will set the trend for the rest of the globe. This chapter discusses the need for the rights of migrants to be respected and for states to co-operate in building an international migration regime in order to avoid a domestic political backlash against immigration. It also presents the asymmetry of interests, particularly between the developed and the developing world, and underlines the implications for international co-ordination and co-operation.


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