The demand for skilled labour is growing across the world and all major economic powers are competing for their share of foreign brain power. European Union, however, is currently losing the race to the Pacific Rim countries such as Canada, USA and China.

This conference will address the connections between immigration and economic development and review the measures in place at supranational, national and regional levels to devise strategies to enhance European competitiveness over the next decade and close the gaps in European labour markets.

These themes will be explored in the following sessions and workshops:

Session I: The EU in the Global Race for Talents
Session II: Member State Practices in the EU: Competitors or Collaborators?
Session III: Companies in the Globalized World
Session IV: Global Talent on the Move

Workshop Strand I – Foreign Students
Workshop Strand II – Foreign Employees
Workshop Strand III – Foreign Startup Founders