Migration and Mobile Work in Europe
Transnational mobility is becoming more and more a sign of modern networked societies and knowledge bases. Transnational mobile work has hardly been studied, although more and more transnationally active, ‘job-nomads’ and ‘intelligently mobile workers’ are working across increasingly integrated European markets. They are the result of desired European partnerships in industry and service fields. On the other side stands a huge migration movement, which is based on global, economic and political transformation and which represents not only a challenge but an opportunity for aging Western societies facing a potential shortage of skilled workers. Both forms of migration, from the side of the migrants, as well as on the part of host countries, require opening and transformation. The path to a transcultural society needs dialogue-driven support.
Analysis of the supporting and hindering conditions for designing a transcultural oriented working environment, and the development of concepts with potential for the integration and implementation of labour in the innovation processes is a key part of the Institute’s work. The study of design requirements in the transnational mobile knowledge work, of stresses and strains in knowledge-intensive transnational corporations is also one of the aims of FIAP. The ensuing health hazards and strains are particularly the focus of research.