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Labour mobility in Europe

With anti-immigration sentiment on the rise, we look into the issue of labour mobility in Europe. How does migration affect labour markets and how does perception of migration differ from reality? What are the economic challenges for migrants and how do these challenges reflect on social integration? We try to answer these questions with our guests in this episode of The Sound of Economics.

By: Date: April 20, 2017 Topic: Macroeconomic policy

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This episode of The Sound of Economics focuses on labour mobility in Europe. Anti-immigration sentiment is on the rise due to the perception that immigrants are taking away jobs and benefits. But what is the real impact of migration on European labour markets? What are the economic challenges for migrants and how do these challenges impact on social integration? These are some of the questions we explore with our guests.

Alessandra Venturini speaks about the perception of migrants and how it differs from research findings. Samuel Engblom argues that the impact of migration on labour markets depends on political choices, and that it varies between countries. Anna Ilyina discusses IMF research on the economic impact of emigration from Eastern Europe, and Maria Demertzis emphasises the effect of migration on sending countries.

Finally, our guests debate what the ideal policy response to migration should be, and how perception of migration could be improved.

Speakers

Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director, Bruegel

Samuel Engblom, Policy director, The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO)

Anna Ilyina, Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

Alessandra Venturini, Deputy Director Migration Policy Center,Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)

Credits

Produced and presented by Giuseppe Porcaro

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