Magazine article Europe-East

Labour Mobility : Mass Migration a Myth in an Enlarged Europe, New Report Says

Magazine article Europe-East

Labour Mobility : Mass Migration a Myth in an Enlarged Europe, New Report Says

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Only 4% of European citizens have ever moved to another country in the European Union and less than 3% to another country outside the EU, a study on Mobility in Europe by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (European Commission's Agency) reveals. While European policy stresses the importance of mobility, the research findings beg the question: are Europeans afraid of change?

Geographical mobility is generally perceived as a "good thing" for European integration by a solid majority of 62% of respondents, the Foundation's new study on Mobility in Europe has found. Mobility is also generally perceived as a good thing for the employment-related domains of the labour market' and the economy,' as well as for the individual'. The new report is a descriptive analysis of the data collected by a Eurobarometer survey in the second half of 2005, examining geographical mobility and job mobility in detail.

The survey results confirm a moderate rate of mobility across Europe: only 4% of EU citizens have ever moved to another country in the EU and less than 3% to another country outside the EU. Asked about their intentions to move in the future, only 3% of all EU citizens indicate that they might move to another EU country in the next five years. However, considerable variation does exist between countries.

"Geographical mobility of labour remains a major policy challenge for Europe," says Jorma Karppinen, the Foundation's Director. "On the one hand, there is concern that too little geographical mobility between regions and member states will have negative consequences on labour market adaptability and competitiveness. …

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