Dossier Mobility and Inclusion – Managing Labour Migration in Europe
Challenges & Policies
Mobility encompasses the right and the freedom of movement. In order to ensure that this condition can be maintained, the general perspective on mobility must change.
Migrants cannot be purely perceived as a ‘commodity’ or some sort of human investment, nor can the shortage in human labour in Europe be easily replaced by recruiting temporarily from abroad. Instead, taking mobility seriously means to re-think the challenge of migration transforming European labour policies tenable, long-term solutions.
An inclusive society needs to fulfil various functions: Openness and tolerance are one set of characteristics and integrative legal measures, such as naturalisation, are another. Regarding the formal structures of this process of inclusion European member states have not lived up to their duties. Germany’s integration politics and jurisdiction lacks satisfactory inclusionary measures integrating migrants into society. Altering these conditions is mandatory for a country facing and requiring increasing immigration.
Realities & Perspectives
The realities that migrants are exposed to in receiving countries vary widely. But discrimination of one sort or another is an experience they all are confronted with. Often discrimination is a structural problem. Therefore, the different aspects fuelling discrimination especially against female, unqualified, and illegal migrants must be understood comprehensively in order for them to be efficiently countered.