We (don’t) need labour migrants

by HIT Foundation on 16/12/2011

Special edition: The Labour Migrant

Migration triggers heated emotions. Some say we desperately need (more) labour migrants to meet the demographic challenges we are bound to face in the years ahead. Others argue that labour migrants take ‘our’ jobs and threaten Europe’s national welfare states. All these conflicting perspectives obstruct the development of sensible labour migration policies.

‘The Labour Migrant 2011′, a special edition newspaper published by HIT Foundation, presents the lessons and recommendations from the pilot circular migration -Blue Birds- as well as a broad range of views on issue; including:

  • (Wannabe) labour migrants, who want to earn and learn;
  • Employers and intermediairies such as Randstad, OTTO Workforce and Philips, who need labour migrants to stay competitive;
  • Lucia van Westerlaak from Dutch labour union FNV, who argues for strict conditions and a rational debate; and
  • EU commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, who pleads for a common approach by the European Union and its member states together.

Download The Labour Migrant 2011 or order a free hard copy by sending us an email with the subject: ‘the Labour Migrant’, including your name, organisation and postal address.

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