The EU Blue Card Proposal: Some Food-for-Thought and a Gender Perspective

On 7 June 2016, the European Commission presented the proposal for the reform of the 2009 EU Blue Card scheme[1]. The proposal has as its main aim: to attract qualified and talented third country nationals to the European Union based on labour market demand and an offer of employment. Along with revamping the existing rules, … More The EU Blue Card Proposal: Some Food-for-Thought and a Gender Perspective

2018 International Women’s Day: A Time to Include and #PressforProgress

Every year, International Women’s Day serves as a reminder to where we stand in relation to gender gap around the world, and during which much of the advocacy on behalf of women and girls is centred on key imperative themes, such as: gender based-violence, discrimination, and the absence of equal rights and opportunities, including women … More 2018 International Women’s Day: A Time to Include and #PressforProgress

Intra-EU Mobility Platform: An idea whose time has come

According to the 2016 Annual Report on Intra-EU Labour Mobility[1], in 2015 “a total of 8.5 million EU-28 movers were employed or looking for work, making up 3.6% of the total active population across” the European Union. Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain comprise the top three countries of residence, while “Germans, Italians, Polish, Portuguese and … More Intra-EU Mobility Platform: An idea whose time has come

Employment and Diversity: Female Professionals on the Move – An Untapped Pool of Skilled Workers in the European Union

A number of exposes in recent years have pointed out that professional women, who have had a period of absence from the labour force[1] and want to return, is an untapped pool of skillful workers. However, studies show that those who wish to re-join, face a number of structural challenges, including high unemployment and underemployment … More Employment and Diversity: Female Professionals on the Move – An Untapped Pool of Skilled Workers in the European Union

Crisis, Employment and Opportunity – Intra-EU Mobility of Professional Women & Challenges to Integration into the Labour Market: A Bridge We Must Cross

2015 was perhaps the year in which Europeans heard repeatedly the word crisis. First the Euro crisis, and more recently the refugee crisis, and yet one acute issue not so visible in the media is the critical matter of EU demographic deficit in relation to employment, productivity, economic growth and prosperity in Europe. Only time … More Crisis, Employment and Opportunity – Intra-EU Mobility of Professional Women & Challenges to Integration into the Labour Market: A Bridge We Must Cross

Is Better Service to Intra-EU Mobile Citizens a Medium to Foster Greater Mobility in the EU? Service, Recommendations and an Outlook on Strengthening Opportunities & Partnerships

In May 2015 a conference entitled “How to Improve Intra-European Mobility and Circular Migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement”[1] was convened under the auspices of the Latvian EU Presidency in Riga, which proposed a number of policy recommendations for European institutions on the issues of intra-EU mobility aimed at overcoming barriers and increasing the benefits of mobility … More Is Better Service to Intra-EU Mobile Citizens a Medium to Foster Greater Mobility in the EU? Service, Recommendations and an Outlook on Strengthening Opportunities & Partnerships

Intra-EU Mobility and the Highly Skilled: Is Europeans’ Preferred Type and Length of Employment the ‘Missing’ Element Towards Increasing Labour Mobility?

Notwithstanding – and in part prompted by – the economic crisis, the flow of mobile people searching for work continues to grow in the European Union; from 4.7 million in 2005 to 8 million in 2013, mainly driven by job opportunities in countries of destination[1]. If a great deal of discussion on this issue is … More Intra-EU Mobility and the Highly Skilled: Is Europeans’ Preferred Type and Length of Employment the ‘Missing’ Element Towards Increasing Labour Mobility?