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Attracting Skills and Talent to the EU: What should we focus on?

Jun 15 2022

Attracting Skills and Talent to the EU: What should we focus on?

Modern societies are facing a shrinking in their working population, already visible in skill shortages in major occupations of specific sectors. In Europe, relying on intra-EU mobility is no longer sufficient to address current and future labour market needs. Hence, there is a need to attract a working force from non-European countries. On 27 April 2022, the European Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on ‘Attracting Skills and Talent to the EU’. The Communication discusses operational and legislative initiatives to attract skills and talent to the EU. In this meeting, experts will share insights on these proposed initiatives and discuss policy options based on research evidence. The audience is expected to actively participate in the discussions and provide feedback on concrete elements of the Communication.

This webinar will take place online for registered participants only, on 15.06.2022, 1-2 pm CET.



  • Silke AngerChair of Economics, in particular Economics of Education at the University of Bamberg and Head of the Department Education, Training, and Employment Over the Life Course at the German Institute for Employment Research.
  • Lucie CernaAssociate Research Fellow at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
  • Mathias Czaika, Head of Department and Professor in Migration and Globalisation, Danube University Krems, Austria.
  • David De Groot, Policy Analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
  • María Miyar Busto, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology II (Social Structure) UNED, Madrid.
  • Jackline Wahba, Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Southampton (UK), and Director of Research in Economics.

Moderated by Jakub BijakJoint Head of Social Statistics and Demography and Professor of Statistical Demography at the University of Southampton (UK).



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This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870299. This document reflects the authors’ view and the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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