Introduction - Workers' mobility


The ability to move from one job, from one region or country to another is considered crucial for solving Europe's employment problem. Worker mobility requires not only readiness on the side of workers, but also adapted social security schemes, dedicated training and responsible employers.

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Workers’ Mobility is a key element in the EU'sagenda for a more competitive European economy. There are only approximately 1.5% of EU citizens who currently live and work in a member state other than their country of origin, a figure which has not changed for  30 years, despite the increase in facilities for settling abroad. 

The European Year for Workers’ Mobility aims to increase this figure and also encourages job mobility within countries, which is an ideal way to develop new skills and knowledge in an EU labour market characterised by high unemployment.