About: labour migration

Economy & Jobs 18-05-2021

EU reaches draft deal to facilitate entry of high-skilled workers

The European Union on Monday (17 May) reached a provisional agreement that could make it easier for highly skilled workers from outside the EU to live and work in the 27-country bloc.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2018

Germany to ease immigration rules to fight worker shortage

Worker-starved Germany will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated irregular migrants in employment a shot at staying, ministers said Tuesday (2 October).
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2018

Commission wants EU Labour Authority to open by 2019

The European Commission wants to set up a new EU agency to oversee cross-border labour disputes and manage the growing number of people who travel within the bloc for work. The agency would receive a budget of €50 million and open before the current Commission’s term ends next year.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

Commission wants new EU labour authority to crack down on worker abuse

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants to set up a new EU institution to monitor how labour law is applied in member states. The Commission will outline its plans for the supervisory authority by the end of 2018.
German President Joachim Gauck speaks before the Bundestag. [Deutscher Bundestag / Achim Melde]

German president attacks EU refugee policy

German President Joachim Gauck is calling for greater generosity toward those seeking refuge in Europe and faster processing times for asylum applications. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Florence Dupont-Fargeaud & Camilla Spira, of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

New directive on posted workers ignores member states’ objections

Social dumping issues have pushed France to already denounce a new EU directive on posted workers, arguing it does not go far enough to prevent abuses and to protect workers’ rights, write Florence Dupont-Fargeaud and Camilla Spira.

Host cities profit from labour migration: study

The European Commission published an independent study yesterday (11 February) saying that labour migration is profitable to the host communities. The study focuses on six European cities, chosen for the multinational composition of their population: Barcelona, Dublin, Hamburg, Lille, Prague and Turin.

EU tries to calm fears of Bulgarian, Romanian exodus

The European Union sought to calm fears in countries like Britain, France and Germany that they face a mass influx of Romanians and Bulgarians following the lifting of restrictions yesterday (1 January), a change that risks fuelling anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe.
Brexit 17-12-2013

Clegg attacks ‘illegal’ UK plan to rein in EU workers

Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to reshape Britain's ties with the European Union has opened a rift with his junior coalition partner who on Monday (16 December) accused his party of promoting illegal and economically disastrous reforms.

Czech PM condemns Swiss ‘safeguard’ on Eastern EU workers

Avoiding terms like "discrimination", Czech Prime Minister Petr Ne?as yesterday (19 April) told EURACTIV.cz that he regretted the decision by Switzerland to re-introduce an authorisation requirement for workers from the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004. The EURACTIV network in Central Europe contributed to this article.

Switzerland slaps restrictions on Eastern EU workers

Switzerland said today (18 April) it would temporarily re-introduce an authorisation requirement for workers coming from the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004, a decision that was sharply  criticised by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Cecilia Malmström

The EU needs more labour migration

Labour migration is becoming a sensitive issue and misperceptions are widespread. If the potential of migration to deal with labour and skills shortages is to be further explored, policymakers at all levels have a responsibility to enter into an informed debate based on facts and a long-term view, writes EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

Poland exposes Dutch plans to expel EU citizens

A leading Polish MEP today (2 May) spoke out strongly against Dutch plans to expel EU citizens who make "disproportionate claims" on the social benefit system in the Netherlands, or who have committed "very serious or repeated offences".

Germany opens doors to Central European workers

On 1 May 2011 Germany and Austria will lift all restrictions on the movement of workers from the eight Central European EU member states which joined the bloc in 2004. EURACTIV's media network sheds light on the various expectations and forecasts.

Netherlands curbs Bulgarian, Romanian workers

As of 1 July, Bulgarians and Romanians as well as foreigners from outside the EU will only be granted a work permit in the Netherlands under "exceptional cases," the Dutch press reported on Tuesday (12 April).

Italy, France tussle over ‘boat people’

Paris and Rome are playing "ping-pong" with thousands of immigrants who travel by boat from the North African coast to the Italian island of Lampedusa, after which most of them try to reach France, the press in the two countries reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2010

Advocacy group: Spouse work mobility key to attracting high-skilled migrants

The EU is missing a trick by not allowing spouses of multinational company workers to work under new Directive proposals for assigning key international personnel to the European Union, advocacy expert Kathleen van der Wilk-Carlton told EURACTIV in an interview.  
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2010

Skilled migrants will flock to Europe if spouses can work, says expert

Europe is missing out on a potentially large number of high-skilled workers by provisionally not allowing the spouses of migrant workers to join their partners and also seek employment in the EU, Kathleen van der Wilk-Carlton, a board member at the Permits Foundation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Europe 04-11-2009

Polish migrants ‘still taking root’ abroad

More Polish migrants wish to stay in the West in spite of the economic downturn than politicians care to admit, recent surveys have shown. Many are taking root in wealthier societies than back home, EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 04-11-2009

Britain keeps barriers for Romanian, Bulgarian workers

The UK government said on Tuesday (3 November) it would keep restrictions on the number of Romanians and Bulgarians allowed to work in Britain until the end of 2011 to protect British workers during the recession.
Enlargement 27-10-2009

New tendency of ‘unqualified’ migration from Bulgaria

After a sharp drop in the emigration trend from Bulgaria during the period 2002-2006, a new tendency to leave the country has emerged among professionally unqualified young people between 20-29 years of age, reports Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria.

Špidla: ‘Social innovation’ needed to restart economy

Squeezed by the economic crisis, Europe's labour markets can find new dynamism through social innovation, said Vladimir Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Central Europe 23-10-2009

Working abroad ‘unappealing’ for Czechs

The number of Czech citizens choosing to work in another EU member state has declined significantly in recent years, and further waves of labour migration from the Czech Republic are unlikely to occur in the near future. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-10-2009

‘Polish plumber’ turned out to be French hoax

The spectrum of the 'Polish plumber', which haunted the French referendum campaign on the European Constitution in 2005, is a hoax of political history, as the predicted flood of Eastern workers in France never happened. EURACTIV France reports.