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Philippe van Gruisen receives KNAW grant for interdisciplinary research on (labour) migration from a broad perspective on societal wellbeing

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has awarded a KNAW Early Career Partnership 2023 to Philippe van Gruisen for interdisciplinary research on (labour) migration from a broad perspective on societal wellbeing.

A thoughtful and targeted migration policy can provide an efficient solution for filling labour shortages in the economy. In the near future, the role of labour migration will be even more prominent, in particular due to the increasing ageing of the labour force, technological change, war, and other power conflicts at the external borders of the European Union. While much research is being conducted on the economic status of migrant workers, such as their net contribution to social security or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), so far we know little about the broader societal implications of labour migration. The awarded proposal focuses on these broad-societal implications.

A broad perspective on societal wellbeing acknowledges that in addition to financial-economic indicators, such as GDP, other social considerations which cannot always be expressed in monetary terms, must also be taken into account. For example, pressure on the housing market, the interaction between socio-economic reality, public opinion, and the political-administrative process of migration policy, or the sense of security, to name a few. For a broad societal perspective on migration policy, interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.

This research is embedded in the interdisciplinary programme Social Citizenship & Migration.

Dr Philippe van Gruisen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Leiden University, and a research fellow at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre on the Governance of Migration and Diversity. He also holds a position as a visiting professor at KU Leuven.

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