Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Policy Brief #2015/04:
Labour Mobility in Europe –
An untapped resource?

Future Social Market Economy Policy Brief #2015/04

  • 1. edition 2015 (PDF)
  • Free of charge

Despite the public perception in many member states that labour mobility has spiralled out of control, intra-EU migration remains low, particularly within the euro area. The limits to the potential of labour mobility became evident during the economic crisis as high unemployment rates in the periphery have only caused limited mobility from crisis countries. Hence, the bulk of labour mobility still flows from east to west but ten years after the eastern enlargement the number of East Europeans living in EU15 should be of no overall concern. In view of the lessons learned from the crisis, the Commission and member states should improve existing tools for cross-border job matching and adopt a longer-term view on labour mobility.