Labour markets and corresponding theories were developed mainly at and for the national level. International migration and globalization challenge such a 'national container approach'. The EU will be compared to Asia according to the relation between migration and labor market.
Labour markets as institutionalised frameworks of specific norms and mechanisms of qualification, recruitment, mobility and compensation of labour were developed mainly at the national level. Facing increasing international migration as well as globalisation and Europeanisation, the 'national container approach' is not sufficient anymore. The structures and dynamics of labour markets and migration become more and more intertwined at a national level, and they have to be coordinated at supra-national (e.g. EU) and global (e.g. ILO core conventions) levels. The panel aims at comparing national (Chinese, British, German, Holland and French) and regional (EU, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia) experiences.