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Skills of migrants are key to addressing EU labour shortages – MPG’s Dr. Sinem Yilmaz interviewed by Euractiv 

The EU is increasingly facing labour shortages. “One way to address skill shortages is to simplify the qualification procedures and benefit from the skills of migrants and refugees already residing in the EU,” Dr. Sinem Yilmaz, Integration Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Group, told EURACTIV. “Many migrants are overqualified for their jobs while European employers struggle to find people with the skills that they need.”

However, for the EU to profit from the skills of third-country nationals, they’ll actually have to want to live in the EU. “Narrow policies focusing solely on attracting skills from outside the EU will not work if member states do not ensure a welcoming community for migrants.” Dr. Yilmaz points out.

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About the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

MPG is an independent think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.