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Plenary C: Labour market composition and demographic change: can migrants and new technologies offset population ageing?

Thursday 28 June 2018, 09:00-10:30, room: Belgium - interpretation: EN/FR

The ageing population in Europe is changing the structure of the labour supply as well as challenging the social security systems. Some of the European member states, especially in Eastern Europe, lost huge parts of their (highly skilled) populations after the fall of the communist regimes, and this accelerated after they joined the EU. Migration is becoming an increasingly complex phenomenon, with a migrant population of high skilled, medium skilled and low skilled people, including students, coming from a growing number of countries and regions. Against this background, the recent refugee flows to Europe have been perceived as a major challenge in demographic, economic and cultural terms. This session will present the state of the demographic problems in Europe and the challenges they bring about for the labour market. But it will also try to link them with other challenges stemming from climate change, digitalisation and globalisation. What are the exact links between demographic developments such as urbanisation, migration, water shortages etc with climate change? Does it make sense to speak about climate change refugees? How are demographic developments being influenced by digital technologies such as the internet, social media, as well as open borders between the EU member states and global trade agreements?

Chair: Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

  • Stijn Broecke, Senior economist leading the Future of Work initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - PPP
  • Olivier De Schutter, Professor, University of Louvain
  • Claude Rolin, MEP, Group of the European People's Party in the European Parliament
  • Zornitsa Roussinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgarian Government