Forecasting labour and skill shortages: how can projections better inform labour migration policies


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Author: Boswell, Christina; Stiller, Silvia; Straubhaar, Thomas

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European Commission. Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs; Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA)


Many countries in the European Union (EU) face serious skills and labour shortages in a number of sectors, despite persistently high rates of unemployment. In most cases, these shortages result from problems of mismatch between labour demand and supply. Many governments have resorted to labour migration programs as a more rapid and effective means of addressing shortages. Estimating the need for labour immigration to fill labour gaps and shortages requires: an understanding of the causes of current and potential labour and skill shortages; estimation and projection of their scale; and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Migration; Policy; Skills and knowledge; Research; Labour market

Keywords: Skilled migration; Trend; Policy formation; Skill shortage; Forecasting technique; Labour shortage; Labour supply

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004

Physical description: 54 p.

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ISBN: 9289432136

Statement of responsibility: By Christina Boswell, Silvia Stiller and Thomas Straubhaar

On cover: Paper prepared for the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs, July 2004

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 87.72

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