Research Area

Mobility and migration of workers and students are important facets of today’s global migration situation. Increasing immigration restrictions or particular migration-related uncertainties (‘Brexit’ of the UK and its impacts on non-UK students/workers) are contributing to a redirection of migration and mobility to other destinations. In order to maintain economic growth and innovation capabilities, states around the globe have started to adopt new recruitment schemes, actively targeting students and specific categories of migrant workers with the aim to attract and also retain foreign labour, knowledge and skills. These new programs raise important questions about the rights of migrants, particularly due to the fact that many of these new programs tend to be managed by the private sector and other non-state agencies, with insufficient political oversight and public transparency.