The Europe 2020 strategy sees the young generation as a driving force for smart, sustainable and economic growth. Young people are most likely to take the risk of moving abroad for education- or work-related reasons, and to contribute to social and economic development with innovative business strategies. Europe faces large numbers of unemployment among young people aged 16-29, often referred to as the “lost generation”. Intra-EU mobility programmes therefore focus specifically on this group. Mobility is seen as one measure to raise employability, to better match the needs of the labour markets in Europe, and to offer new opportunities for young people. The MOVE project contributes to the EU-goal of fostering young people’s mobility and improving conditions for mobility.

The conference is a platform for exchange and discussion on youth mobility in Europe from different perspectives. It will reflect challenges, risks and benefits of youth mobility in Europe. The conference will focus on strategies of mobility, fostering and hindering factors of mobility, positive and negative effects, as well as emerging patterns of mobility within the EU. Six main topic streams will guide the flow of the conference, to which a call of papers opens soon:

  • Mobility Policies and Politics
  • Youth Mobility and Agency
  • Social Inequality and Youth Mobility
  • Regional Aspects of Youth Mobility (focus on post-socialist countries)
  • Economy and Youth Mobility
  • Culture and Youth Mobility

We are also happy to announce our well-respected speakers. These will speak on both varied and controversial topics throughout the conference:

Dr. Valentina Cuzzocrea
Youth and Mobility
Prof. Dr. Bridget Anderson
Youth migration and precarious employment of young people
Prof. Dr. Martin Kahanec
Economic perspectives on migration and mobility
Prof. Dr. Rubén Hernandez-Leon
Cross border US/Mexico in comparison to third country immigration EU