A competitive workforce is a pivotal prerequisite for creating a globally competitive knowledge economy. Migration is an important instrument for filling labour and skill shortages in the labour markets and alleviating demographic tendencies of ageing and, in some countries, decreasing population, while also contributing to entrepreneurship, diversity and innovation in host economies.
An efficient and flexible labour market is a pillar of a competitive economy where human resources are allocated to their most efficient use in conditions of equality in the business and social environment, and workers are provided with incentives to perform in their jobs at their best capacity.
Europe is in a global competition to attract talent, and in light of this, integration policies are essential to attract migrants that are needed by the European economy. Successful migration is legal, well-managed, and provides a positive economic and social contribution to the host communities while also benefiting migrants and countries of origin. On the one hand, migrants are an important human resource to fill the needs of labour markets, but on the other, they also represent a disadvantaged group to be supported in its inclusion process in the labour markets and host communities.
In 2009-2013 the network conducted the following studies (available for download under Research):
In order to disseminate the research results and promote further debate on the issues at hand, IOM LINET organized several EU-level conferences, each gathering various representatives from the thirty LINET countries, as well as Australia, Canada and the United States, including national government officials, EU institutions, academia, think-tanks, trade unions, private sector, international organizations and civil society. Information and conference material can be found under Events.