HiTh Conference


HiTh Conference
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Conference on
Skilled Migration and Labor Shortage in Non-Metropolitan Areas

Call for Paperspdf, 94 kb · de

March 25/26, 2019 (Auditorium zur Rosen, Johannisstr. 13, Jena, Germany)

The Chairs of Economic Geography and of Economics/Public Finance will host a conference that seeks to bring together migration researchers from economics and geography as well as related disciplines. Interdisciplinary contributions are particularly welcome. The aim is to cast light on new developments in empirical and theoretical research related to skilled migration and regional labor shortage. The conference is part of an EU-funded project on migration of international students and highly skilled workers to overcome regional labor shortage. Therefore, the focus is on regional labor markets in developed countries and skilled migration.

The keynote lectures will be delivered by
Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy)
and Christian Leßmann (Technische Universität Braunschweig).

For a report about the conference (in German), please see here.

Conference Programpdf, 540 kb · de

Monday, March 25, 2019
Time Paper Authors (presenter in bold)
9.30 –
Arrival and Registration
10.00 Introductory Words by the Conference Hosts Silke Übelmesser (FSU Jena)
Sebastian Henn (FSU Jena)
10.15 Coming to Stay or to Go? Migration Intentions and Involved Uncertainty Fabian Könings (FSU Jena)
Tina Haußen (FSU Jena)
Stefan Töpfer (FSU Jena)
Silke Übelmesser (FSU Jena)
11.00 The Help from Outside for the District of Zwickau: Influence of High-skilled Migration on the Development of Old Industrial Regions in Central Europe" Serhii Svynarets (Leipzig University)
11.45 Break
12.00 Internal Migration, Employment and Productivity Chiara Lacava (GU Frankfurt)
12.45 Lunch Break
13.30 Graduate Migration in Germany – Regional Patterns and Determinants in a Multilevel Perspective Björn Zucknick (RU Bochum)
14.15 Internal Migration of the “Creative Class” in Germany Daniel Vossen (LU Hanover)
Rolf Sternberg (LU Hanover)
Christoph Alfken (LU Hanover)
15.00 Break
15.30 Welcome Address Michael Behr (Thuringian Ministry of Labour, Social Welfare, Health, Women and Family Affairs)
15.45 Keynote Lecture
What to do (if Anything) with Peripheral Areas: Some Reflections
Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy)
17.00 General Discussion
19.00 Dinner (Location: Restaurant "Zur Noll", Oberlauengasse 19, 07743 Jena; at your own expense)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time Paper Authors
9.00 Keynote Lecture
Spatial Inequality and Economic Activity
Christian Leßmann (Technische Universität Braunschweig)
10.15 Break
10.45 Brain Gain in Peripheral Regions: Benefits of Highly Skilled Migrants for Companies in Thuringia Sebastian Henn (FSU Jena)
Vanessa R. Hünnemeyer (FSU Jena)
11.30 Grounded Employers? Negotiating Regional Embeddedness and Workforce Internationalisation Jörg Plöger (ILS Dortmund)
12.15 Diverse Welfare Provisions and Migrant Self-Selection Łukasz Byra (University of Warsaw, Poland)
13.00 Lunch Break
13.45 Economic Impact of High-Skilled Migration from Central and Eastern Europe (EU8) to the UK Gindrute Kasnauskiene (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Juste Palubinskaite (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
14.30 Mass Skilled Migration and Development: The Implications for Nigeria’s Healthcare System Rebecca E. Roberts (Justice & Empowerment Initiative, Nigeria)
Ogochukwu Okanya (Justice & Empowerment Initiative, Nigeria)
Joseph Kayode Aro (Justice & Empowerment Initiative, Nigeria)
15.15 Closing remarks/Farewell

Presentations should allow for 10-15 minutes of general discussion.


Interested authors should submit their full papers or extended abstracts by December 15, 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than January 15, 2019. Please send your submission to conference-hith@uni-jena.de.

Conference Venue

Auditorium zur Rosen
Johannisstr. 13
07743 Jena, Germany


Prof. Dr. Silke UebelmesserExternal link
Chair of Economics/Public Finance (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Henn de
Chair of Economic Geography (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)


Stefan Töpfer
E-mail to: conference-hith@uni-jena.de

Supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the European Social Fund.
Supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the European Social Fund.
Image: ESF