The internet is a source of abundant information on the mobility of students, researchers and workers.
There are several web pages providing practical information on mobility in the educational sector as well as on the labour market.
- The Commission has created the EURES portal, which aims to be the principal guide for employers and job-seekers reaching out to the European market. In its self-desciption, the portal states that it provides “job vacancies in 29 European countries, CVs from interested candidates, what you need to know about living and working abroad and much more”.
- A similar tool for students and researchers willing to move abroad was launched by the Commission in 2003 – the Ploteus portal. Its aim is to help students, job-seekers, parents, guidance counselors and teachers to find information on studying in Europe and on lifelong learning.
- The Solvit portal, which is also run by the Commission, helps to solve problems linked to the internal market, including labour- and educational-mobility issues. It provides success stories, guidance for submitting the case, and contact details for the national Solvit centers.
- The Your Europe portal is centred on detailed practical information on citizens´ rights and opportunities in the EU and its internal market. It offers advice on how to exercise these rights in practice – for example about living, working and studying in another EU country.
- A collection of practical information and positions on student mobility can also be found on the National Unions of Students in Europe web-pages.
- European-Students.net is another guide to the European higher-education space, providing information on studying opportunities abroad and online counseling, as well as sharing of information.
- The official portal of the European Year of Workers’ Mobility gives a selection of data on geographical and job-to-job mobility, on cross-border workers as well as on some related issues like foreign language learning, skills and labour shortages.
- Statistical data on public attitudes towards mobility is summed up in the Eurobarometer survey Europeans and mobility: first results of an EU-wide survey, published in February 2006.
- The principal source on EU-related socio-economic data, Eurostat, provides detailed statistics on population, including the number of foreigners in EU countries selected by different socio-economic characteristics, as well as the data on labour markets in the EU. In the field of education, it provides for example an overview of the number of foreign students enlisted in EU universities, sorted by country of origin and field of education.
- The OECD Factbook 2006 provides statistics on population and migration, on employment, unemployment and education, dealing specifically with issues such as the migration of the highly educated or trends in migration and immigration population. As a part of its general education database, the OECD also provides indicative statistics on students’ migration in its member countries and the number of foreign students enrolled in universities.
- Another useful tool is the Atlas of Student Mobility, a project of the Institute of International Education. The project tracks migration trends of millions of students pursuing education outside their home countries each year. Data has been collected on global student mobility patterns and country of origin, as well as on leading destinations for transnational higher education.
Article by EURACTIV.sk