Migration Strategy Group Conference: Competing for Labor in a Mobile World
On April 10, 2014, GMF's Migration & Society Program in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung held a conference on “Competing for Labor in a Mobile World: Triple-Win Thinking in Current Labor Migration Policies.” The conference was part of the Migration Strategy Group on Global Competitiveness and convened approximately 80 stakeholders from the public and private sector. It focused on the current challenges Germany and other countries face in the global competition for labor, the lessons learned from international pilot projects in labor migration, as well as international best practices and comparisons related to the three phases of international recruitment, matching of labor skills to employer needs, and integration measures. Aydan Özoğuz, German minister of state and federal government commissioner for migration, refugees, and integration, and Tobias Billström, Swedish minister for migration and asylum policy, and chair of the Migration Strategy Group (MSG), opened the conference with key note speeches.
The Migration Strategy Group was launched by GMF and the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2013 and is based on the premise that demographic change, growing global competition for an increasingly mobile workforce, and development of migrant-sending countries demand holistic and attractive migration and integration policies that could create triple-win situations (for the receiving country, the sending country, and the migrant). The goal is to develop a common understanding of designing and implementing coherent polices that unlock the full potential of migration.
In its first year, the MSG brought together key policy-stakeholders and decision-makers from the public and private sector, across different ministries and political departments from migrant-sending and receiving countries in different settings:
- Interdisciplinary working group meetings in Berlin convened approximately 30 key policy stakeholders to discuss the potential of new labor migration programs for triple-win thinking, including key lessons from recent pilot projects
- In February 2014, the Migration Strategy Group brought 15 policy stakeholders to Morocco to engage with their political and private sector counterparts and to gain first-hand insights to the expectations of migration issues from the view of a sending and transit country. Morocco signed an EU Mobility partnership in 2013.
- Policy briefs by senior advisors to the Migration Strategy Group have treated the current state of triple-win thinking in international migration policy, the role of private sector in the U.S. Immigration debate, and the potential of the EU Mobility Partnerships (forthcoming).
For further questions regarding the Migration Strategy Group, please contact Astrid Ziebarth, director of GMF’s Migration & Society Program at AZiebarth@gmfus.org.