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Shaping the future of EU legal migration: Where are we and where do we want to go?
16-17 November 2023
Many thanks to all of you who made the Spanish Presidency Conference on the Future of Labour Migration possible. It was a pleasure to welcome you to Madrid and to hold such a productive event.
The European Union faces complex challenges in the area of migration. The EU and its Member States are facing demographic challenges, including declining populations and shrinking labour forces, that require viable legal migration strategies to attract the talent and skills needed from abroad, notably for economic recovery overall and the transition to digital and green economies.
Against the backdrop of the Skills and Talent Package presented by the Commission in April 2022 and its follow-up, it is therefore necessary to reflect on where we stand and where we want to go to ensure that legal pathways to the EU are strengthened and that safe and orderly migration is pursued as part of the comprehensive approach to migration management overall.
Given the priorities of the Spanish Presidency, this conference provides a space for these discussions and debates to unfold at the highest levels. The event will bring together high-level speakers and experts, including Commissioners, interested MEPs, EU Ministers, European social and economic partners, as well as representatives of the private sector. The broader panels and audience participation will be extended to policymakers, practitioners and other interested stakeholders, including invited senior representatives from non-EU Countries currently involved in the development of Talent Partnerships.