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

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 evaluati... Show more

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

Corporate authors: European Commission. Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs [+] Show more

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

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 54 p.

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