South Australia

The European Migration Challenge


From: Tuesday November 28, 2017, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday November 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

The Economic Society of Australia (South Australia Branch) and the School of Economics, the University of Adelaide, jointly organising a lecture presented by Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann. 




While globalization and migration is largely beneficial, concerns in the public are rising. The large differences between the perceptions of society and research evidence needs to be reflected and understood. Europe is a relevant case study also of interest for the US and Australia. Facing an aging and shrinking population, European labour markets could benefit from regulated global mobility. The debate, however, is currently dominated by refugee issues. While the current refugee flow to Europe is still small and manageable, the political institutions seem to be unable to cope with the current and future challenges. The lecture reviews these issues and discusses policy strategies to balance economic needs and constraints with humanitarian obligations. The key issue suggested is the proper integration of labour migrants and refugees into the labour markets. This requires active recruitment strategies of labour migrants and early integration of asylum seekers into the workforce.


About the Speaker 


Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann is a Visiting Professor and Eminent Scholar of Melbourne University and Macquarie University, Co-Director POP at UNU-MERIT, Professor of Economics at Bonn University and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Since 2001 Honorary Professor of the Free University Berlin, since 2006 Honorary Professor of the Renmin University of China in Beijing and since 2016 Honorary Professor of Maastricht University. He is a member of the Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences), the Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Sciences) and the Regional Science Academy. Since 1988 Zimmermann is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.



The evening is being held at 5:00 - 7:00 (including question time) Tuesday 28 November 2017 at the Room G03, Napier Building, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide.



Room G03, Napier Building,

North Terrace, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5000

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