Department of Culture and Learning

MIDA closing conference

Photographer: Daniel Faldborg Liversage

Changes, challenges and advantages
of cross-border labour mobility
within the EU

Aalborg University, Copenhagen 
18 – 20 May, 2016

Cross-border labour mobility and migration in the EU region is providing new possibilities in a time of demographic change and globalization, but is at the same time in many ways challenged by national regulations and restrictions causing structural barriers. The European welfare systems are to various degrees put under pressure, causing social inequality as the established structures of work and welfare are reorganized as a consequence of the freedom of movement and the social rights of EU citizens. The present migratory movements are furthermore shaped by both existing and new networks facilitating mobility, spreading information about job, housing and transportation possibilities. The networks developed in transnational social spaces link together the countries of entry and exit. Within transnational social spaces boundaries of gender, class, nationality, ethnicity, and legal statuses are intersecting in various ways, producing changes and new forms of both equality and inequality in exit as well as entry societies.

At this conference we wish to explore the diverse links between movements of workers, social positions and institutional changes. The conference will discuss the differences and similarities in migration and integration processes based on analyses of contemporary labour movements in the EU region. Papers dealing with these issues are invited cf the conference workshops below.

The conference is organized by the MIDA project (Migration and inclusion in the labour market), which is a collaboration between the Research Centre for Migration and Diversity (CoMID) at Aalborg University and the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Regional Hospital West Jutland.

Conference workshops

  1. Challenges of cross-border labour mobility and migration within the EU. 
  2. Welfare attitudes and social inequalities in a changing Europe. 
  3. Transnational networks and labour market inclusion. 
  4. Occupational positions, health and working conditions. 
  5. Labour mobility, belonging and identity construction.