European leaders still do not find a proper response to the refugee issue. Nevertheless, Europeans wish to help those fleeing violence and war.

EU leaders again failed to reach progress on the burden sharing allocation of refugees across member states in their meeting in Salzburg this week (19-20/09/2018).

Nevertheless, Europeans are more open to help those fleeing violence and war than in other parts of the world. The chart below provided by statista on the basis of PEW Research Center data shows this. In key countries like Sweden, Germany and Spain over 80% of the respondents of a survey are open to support this position with Hungary as an exception. But the PEW study shows that Europeans disapprove the handling of the issue by policymakers.

Infographic: Support For Refugees Highest In Western Europe | Statista

Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO & UNU – MERIT): “It remains a European tragedy, since a solution through a quota system would be straightforward and doable. A long way to go for a better European solidarity on the refugee issue!”

Zimmermann is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), which takes no institutional position.


Zimmermann, Klaus F. (2018), Social Cohesion and Labor Mobility, forthcoming in: Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) (2018), Economic and Monetary Union – Deepening and Convergence, Proceedings of the 5 -7 July 2018 International Conference in Linz. Prepublication.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., La migration en faveur du développement: des défis aux opportunités, Revue d’Économie du Développement, 25 (2017), No. 1, 13-30.
Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities, Revue d’Économie du Développement, 25 (2017), No. 1, 13-30. (English Issue.) Pre-publication version (in English): GLO Discussion Paper, No. 70, 2017.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., Refugee and Migrant Labor Market Integration: Europe in Need of a New Policy Agenda. Mimeo. Presented at the EUI Conference on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees, 29-30 September 2016 in Florence. Published in: Bauböck, R. and Tripkovic, M.,  The Integration of Migrants and Refugees.  An EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence 2017, pp. 88 – 100.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., Migrationspolitik im Mediensturm (Migration Policy in the Media Storm), Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 63 (2016), 497-508.

Constant, Amelie F. & Klaus F. Zimmermann, Towards a New European Refugee Policy that Works. UNU – MERIT Working Paper # 2016-062, CESifo DICE Report – Journal of International Comparisons, 2016, 4, pp. 3-8.

Holger Hinte, Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Flüchtlinge in Deutschland: Herausforderungen und Chancen (Refugees in Germany: Challenges and chances), Wirtschaftsdienst, 95 (2015), 744-751.

Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Zutritt zur Festung Europa? Neue Anforderungen an eine moderne Asyl- und Flüchtlingspolitik (Access to Fortress Europa? New demands on a modern asylum and refugee policy), Wirtschaftsdienst, 95 (2015), 114-120.

Klaus F. Zimmermann: Migration, Jobs and Integration in Europe, Migration Policy Practice, Vol. IV, Number 4, October – November 2014, 4 – 16.



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