Rethinking the Attractiveness of EU Labour Immigration Policies: Comparative Perspectives on the EU, the US, Canada and Beyond

CEPS Paperbacks, 2014

160 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2014

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Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies

Elspeth Guild

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law; Kingsley Napley - Department of Immigration; The British Institute of International and Comparative Law; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Katharina Eisele

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Martin Ruhs

Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (EUI)

Bernard Ryan

Independent

Ryszard Cholewinski

University of Leicester

Anna Triandafyllidou

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Martin Kahanec

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Central European University; Central European Labour Studies Institute

Diego Acosta Arcarazo

University of Bristol

Christina Gabriel

Independent

Maryellen Fullerton

Brooklyn Law School

Kees Groenendijk

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law

Steve Peers

Law School, University of Essex

Natalia Popova

Independent

Maria Vincenza Desiderio

Independent

Date Written: November 13, 2014

Abstract

Is Europe's immigration policy attractive? One of the priorities driving current EU debates on labour immigration policies is the perceived need to boost Europe's attractiveness vis-á-vis 'talented' and 'highly skilled' immigrants. The EU sees itself playing a role in persuading immigrants to choose Europe over other competing destinations, such as the US or Canada.

This book critically examines the determinants and challenges characterising discussions focused on the attractiveness of labour migration policies in the EU as well as other international settings. It calls for re-thinking some of the most commonly held premises and assumptions underlying the narratives of ‘attractiveness’ and ‘global competition for talent’ in migration policy debates. How can an immigration policy, in fact, be made to be 'attractive' and what are the incentives at play (if any)?

A multidisciplinary team of leading scholars and experts in migration studies address the main issues and challenges related to the role played by rights and discrimination, qualifications and skills, and matching demand and supply in needs-based migration policies. The experiences in other jurisdictions such as South America, Canada and the United States are also covered: Are these countries indeed so 'attractive' and 'competitive', and if so what makes them more attractive than the EU?

On the basis of the discussions and findings presented across the various contributions, the book identifies a number of priorities for policy formulation and design in the next generation of EU labour migration policies. In particular, it highlights important initiatives that the new European Commission should focus on in the years to come.

Keywords: EU, immigration, immigration policy, labour migration policies, EU labour migration policies

Suggested Citation

Carrera, Sergio and Guild, Elspeth and Eisele, Katharina and Ruhs, Martin and Ryan, Bernard and Cholewinski, Ryszard and Triandafyllidou, Anna and Kahanec, Martin and Acosta Arcarazo, Diego and Gabriel, Christina and Fullerton, Maryellen and Groenendijk, Kees and Peers, Steve and Popova, Natalia and Desiderio, Maria Vincenza, Rethinking the Attractiveness of EU Labour Immigration Policies: Comparative Perspectives on the EU, the US, Canada and Beyond (November 13, 2014). CEPS Paperbacks, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524309

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