LABOR MOBILITY PRECONDITIONS FOR THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: PROS �ND
22 September 2023
The free movement of workers is one of the key freedoms of the regional economic integration that increases the mobility of labor regionally and/or internationally, in search for access to the labor market of the receiving country. [...] The free movement of workers is one of the four freedoms enjoyed by the citizens of the European Union which, as a regional common market, relies on the free labor mobility, accepting the labor qualifications and providing opportunities to EU citizens to look for a job in another country of the union. [...] Data and methodology The objective of the study is twofold: first, to estimate the occupational gaps; and second, to investigate how and to what extent the wage differentials among the OBI countries may affect the labor market in terms of fulfilling the existing gaps. [...] Seen from the perspective of the regional integration and labor mobility, the advantages of the OBI would be fulfilling the shortages of workers, especially in the borderline regions. [...] Narrowing the gaps in the labor markets of the planning regions, through providing more employment opportunities in the domestic economy and reducing the need for emigration in search for employment in the (neighbouring) countries: - Increasing the attractiveness among the large companies and foreign investors that create new job vacancies, through providing preferential services in the regions/mu.