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Policy Insights 1/2016
Inclusion, Growth and Competativeness: Future of Economic Migration in the EU
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Two NEW Pubs on Migrant Integration
IOM is implementing a portfolio of activities in the EU/EEA region that promote the economic and social inclusion of migrants and their active participation in public life, combating discrimination, and promoting a positive perception of migrants amongst the general public in the countries of the region. In particular, IOM RO Brussels supports governments and other actors in combating economic and social marginalization of migrants in conditions of ongoing recession or patchy recovery in a number of European destination countries.
Some EU/EEA countries with recovering economies are reviving efforts to attract new migrants, in particular with higher skill levels, to boost growth and support innovation. To this end, integration conditions, and above all, creating tolerant and inclusive societies can play a decisive role in the global competition for workers.
IOM RO Brussels provides expert policy advice to the relevant stakeholders in the EU/EEA on available evidence and good practices, and supports the implementation of pilot initiatives to facilitate legal labour migration to the region. Moreover, RO Brussels promotes efforts towards improved migration and integration governance in related policy fields, such as employment and education, as well as developing mechanisms for inter-agency coordination to this end.
RO Brussels has just wrapped up two projects which provided expertise to support evidence-based policy making on economic migration & labour market integration (LINET), and labour market information (LMIS). For more information, please visit:
Brussels – 25 April 2016 | This paper, the first in our “Policy Insights” series, brings together IOM’s reflections on the possible future directions for economic migration policies in the EU with the goal of strengthening the contribution of migration to growth and competitiveness. It examines and calls for new approaches to labour market policy grounded in emerging realities and taking into account cross-border mobility, more inclusive employment, increasing productivity and labour market participation among all groups making up the working age population. The extent to which the EU embraces and manages increasing diversity and fosters inclusive, dynamic communities will determine the potential impact of these social changes for individuals and societies.
IOM is also addressing the global problem of unethical recruitment through a new a new international framework to reduce migrant worker exploitation and trafficking for forced labour. The International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) is a voluntary accreditation and monitoring process that will bring together like-minded private sector and government stakeholders in a common effort to promote ethical rectuitment by increasing transparency and integrity within international labour supply chains. IRIS will provide a platform for addressing unfair recruitment and bridge international regulatory gaps governing labour recruitment in countries of origin and destination. For more information on IRIS, please visit the website: http://iris.iom.int/