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The Mobility Challenge for Growth and Integration in Europe

Klaus Zimmermann ()

No 69, IZA Policy Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Open and flexible labor markets foster growth, development and integration in Europe. The single European labor market is still a vision, however, whereas the core challenge is a lack of sufficient mobility. The presentation discusses the value of labor mobility for economic prosperity and its determinants. Labor migration and not welfare migration dominates reality and supports economic equality. It does not depress wages or take jobs away. A brain drain for sending countries does not have to happen. Diaspora economies provide potentials for economic and political collaborations. Europe will face in the future a much higher level of circular and permanent migration.

Keywords: circular migration; diaspora economics; welfare migration; labor mobility; migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D61 F15 F22 F55 F66 J15 J61 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2013-09
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Published - substantially revised version published in: European Debates No. 4, May 2014. See also the introduction by the Editor. [Open Access] / an updated and extended version published as ‘Migration, jobs and integration in Europe’ in: Migration Policy Practice, 2014, 6(4), 4-16

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