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EU Commission & Member States to Further Utilise Migration to Tackle Shortages in EU Labour Market

The European Union and its Member States are working on further utilising migration as a way to reduce the labour shortages that have hit the whole bloc in specific sectors.

In the first meeting of the Labour Migration Platform in Brussels held on January 10 between employment and migration experts from EU Member States and Commissioners Ylva Johansson and Nicolas Schmit, both parties have agreed to enhance cooperation to tackle labour shortages, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Throughout the meeting, Commissioner for Home Affairs Johansson pointed out that luring skilled and talented people from-third countries to come and work in the EU is a priority for the Commission amid a crisis of unfilled job positions all around the bloc.

To be among the winners in the global race for talent, we need to continuously develop and adapt EU legal migration policy. The new Labour Migration Platform allows us to build on the Member States’ experiences and best practices in labour migration and make use of the expertise of the migration and employment sectors,” she said.

The platform, which is an initiative of the Skills and Talent Package, has been established in order to advance labour migration from third countries to the EU by bringing over professionals who are needed in the Member States in order to reduce labour shortages.

The EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, also highlighted the struggle of EU companies to find workers, expressing his hopes that the new platform will help them deal with this problem.

At the same time, it will support people from outside the EU in finding a quality job here, building on the skills they have and learning new skills. Ensuring fair and decent working conditions for all must remain our priority in this context,” he said.

The EU countries have been facing challenges in filling different job positions in recent years, in particular when it comes to skilled professions. At the national level, the Member States have used different methods to tackle the issue.

For example, Denmark has a list of jobs for which foreigners can apply to work in Denmark, which it updates every six months. For the first six months of 2023, Denmark has 76 job titles for which it needs foreign workers to fill in.

In recent years, Germany has also taken several measures to fill in vacant job positions that Germans are not able to fill.

The demand for qualified workers in this country is mainly for professions like physicians specialised in internal medicine, professions in software development, lawyers, physicians specialised in anaesthesiology, supervision, emergency medical services, management, nursing, and pharmacists.

Similarly, Ireland is also looking for foreign workers to fill in vacant jobs, mainly in sectors like health, business and finance, teaching, IT and engineering, etc.  

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