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.


What is missing from the EU labour migration policy framework?

This chapter looks at what is missing from EU-level interventions in the light of policy developments inside and outside the European Union and how to fill and structure those gaps. It looks at how the European Union could play a role in increasing pools of candidates and improving the recognition of foreign qualifications. The chapter also looks at the EU’s direct involvement in the selection of migrant candidates. It explores categories in the sector-based approach which have not been addressed – e.g. investors and entrepreneurs, including start-ups, exceptional talents and different occupations. The chapter assesses cross-cutting measures that are yet to be taken and could improve the effectiveness of current migration systems. They include standard application forms, EU-wide labour market tests and priority at border crossings. The chapter considers efforts to reduce the costs that migrants incur, then goes on to conclude.


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