Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Europe 2016

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The OECD series Recruiting Immigrant Workers comprises country studies of labour migration policies. Each volume analyses whether migration policy is being used effectively and efficiently to help meet labour needs, without adverse effects on labour markets. It focuses mainly on regulated labour migration movements over which policy has immediate and direct oversight. This particular volume looks at the efficiency of European Union instruments for managing labour migration.



Assessment and recommendations

In 2015, the number of refugees and asylum seekers entering Europe hit record levels with inflows of more than one million people – and more than 180 000 in the first four months of 2016 alone. Europe has both the capacity and the experience to rise to the challenge, yet such unprecedented numbers in so short a time span have placed great strain on infrastructure There has also been a powerful impact on public opinion, which remains very sensitive to refugee and migration issues. As a result, policy attention has been devoted mostly to addressing the refugee crisis.


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