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European Talent Mobility Forum – A collaboration in Talent Attraction


Following an invitation from Future Place Leadership, eight leading European entities in regional talent attraction and retention have formed an alliance dedicated to go above and beyond in welcoming international talent and increasing mobility between regions. Berlin Partner, Bizkaia Talent, Brainport Development, Copenhagen Capacity, Move to Gothenburg, TalentScotland, Turku Business Region and Work in Estonia have all joined forces.

Director of Talent Attraction, Future Place Leadership, Morten King-Grubert: “We have carefully selected what we deem are the public or public/private partnerships, who are both the thought leaders and frontrunners in Europe. Their openness to knowledge sharing and collaboration across regions in this exciting place branding and economic development industry is an example to follow.“

The timing may seem a bit odd in the midst of a global pandemic:

  • Why talk talent attraction and retention, when our economies are bleeding and companies are fighting for survival?
  • Why talk about mobility when mobility is forbidden?
  • Why talk about international talent and relocation when borders are closed?

The counter argument:

We need the best and brightest international talent to create the growth we need to help our economies recover! And we already have global talent living away from home. We need to support them as they are struggling in a foreign land with job insecurity, visa challenges related to stimuli package layoffs and social exclusion

The aspiration of European Talent Mobility Forum is as follows:

  • To positively impact international talent globally.
  • To move towards cross-regional talent mobility rather than talent competition.
  • To inspire each other and our collaborators around the world with best practices and data.
  • To continuously co-create the solutions of tomorrow in international talent attraction and retention in order to implement state of the art initiatives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

European Talent Mobility Forum was launched in summer 2020 with a live webinar discussing how all regions can identify the right next steps to recover their economies with global talent as a key driver.  The event gained interest from close to a 200 government representatives, regional economic development boards, city leaders, global talent, innovation & startup hubs, universities, place branders and place makers literally from all over the world. Find the webinar here.

If you are inspired by the aspiration of the Forum and want to join the journey please contact Morten King-Grubert directly with anything from ideas for future webinars, project suggestions, potential local events (physical or digital), or something else. 🙂

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