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Conference - Making labour migration work: Identifying skills shortages and attracting migrant workers as part of the solution


Joint conference hosted by EMN Ireland, within the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  

Date:             Friday, 27 November 2015

Venue:          Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin 2

Time:            08:45 – 12:35, followed by lunch

This half-day conference will bring together Irish and international speakers to provide a comparative overview of approaches to identifying labour shortages, and related migration policy formulation. Recent policy developments in Ireland and Europe indicate that migration is one, increasingly well established, part of the response to identified shortages. The conference will also provide insights into new measures used to compete for migrant workers needed to fill identified skills and labour gaps.

Conference Programme


Arrival and registration


Welcome: Professor Alan Barrett, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)


Opening Remarks: Ged Nash T.D., Minister for Business and Employment at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation


Approaches to identifying labour shortages and informing migration policy

Chair: Mr Martin Shanagher, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

  • New Approaches to labour migration in the OECD:  Dr Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of International Migration Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Review of the UK's Tier 2 routes for skilled migrant workers: Dr Jennifer C. Smith, University of Warwick; Migration Advisory Committee, UK
  • Identification of skills shortages in Ireland: institutions, data and methods: Ms Jasmina Behan, Labour Market Economist, Skills and Labour Market Research Unit, SOLAS and Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Ireland


Questions and answers


Coffee break


Competing internationally for migrant workers

Chair: Mr Kevin O’Sullivan, Head of Immigration Policy, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

  • The return to growth and the role of economic migration: Ms Fiona Flood, Head of Employment Permits and Economic Migration Policy and EU/EPSCO, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  
  • Ireland as a global centre for excellence: Mr Mark Redmond, Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
  • Why Europe is losing the global competition for talent and what the EU can do about it: Professor Iván Martín, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute 


Questions and answers


Closing Remarks: Professor Alan Barrett, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)



Download conference programme.


The Conference will take place in the Alexander Hotel which is located off Merrion Square on the corner of Fenian Street. How to find the Alexander Hotel.

How to get there:

By Train/Dart: Pearse Street dart/train station is a 2 minute walk from the Alexander Hotel.
By Bus: the following routes serve Merrion Square: 4, 7 as well as 25, 66, 67, 120 from the city centre.
By Luas: A 10-minute walk from St. Stephen's Green.

For further information please email: emn.ireland@esri.ie or tel: +353 1 8632062.

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