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The Socio-Economic Agenda of EC Immigration and Asylum Policy

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The socio-economic agenda related to EU immigration and asylum policy is characterised by the emergence of a Community-wide labour market, which has been matched by attempts to manage it at the European level. This chapter highlights the gradual (re-) insertion of immigration on the European Union's socio-economic agenda. It provides a brief overview about the context of the Employment Strategy, immigration has been considered as a possible policy response to both the projected overall drop in labour supply and specific skill shortages and mismatches. The chapter shows that immigration has been considered most seriously in times of high economic growth and widespread labour shortages. The future of the "immigration option" on the European socio-economic agenda, then, depends partly on the foresight of policy makers. It also depends on the success of alternative strategies to increase labour supply, in particular by raising employment rates.

Keywords: asylum policy; employment strategy; EU Immigration; socio-economic agenda

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