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Work in Progress: Migration, Integration and the European Labour Market

Helen Disney ed, May 2003

Since the relaxation of its national borders, migration into and between the countries of the European Union has become far more common and has begun to raise an urgent series of policy dilemmas. Is the labour market flexible enough to accommodate all those who want to come here to work? Should we be limiting the influx of newcomers into our countries and, if so, how can we do this and how strict do we need to be? This collection of essays shows that the process of dealing with increasing migration into Europe and its impact on our welfare states and labour markets is still very much a work in progress. Policy experts are divided on whether we need more immigrants to deal with Europes ageing population or whether this is merely an economic myth. They are also divided on how severe the social impact of absorbing so many new cultures will be.

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