The internationalization of labour markets

The “internationalization of labour markets” can denote diverse concepts. Under a narrow definition it means that the demand for and supply of labour becomes more international. Or in other words, an employer, instead of having to rely on a national worker, now reaches over borders for a foreign worker, and a worker instead of only being able to look for employment on the national labour market, can go abroad.

The contributions in this book use both perspectives. In the first part, the
focus is largely on the movement of people. Consequences of the movement
of workers across borders for receiving economies are examined as well as
the question under what circumstances these movements can bring development
to the migrants’ countries of origin. This part also includes an investigation
of the consequences for the migrants themselves, both while being in the host
country and upon return, in terms of their labour market outcomes (salaries,
job opportunities, prospects of being unemployed, etc.). Unlike what might be
done in a book on migration, the consequences of their migration experience
in terms of the migrants’ social protection (portability of pensions, unemployment
insurance coverage, etc.) or other social issues (identity formation,
changing gender relations, etc.) are not dealt with.