Global Strategy for Skills, Migration, and Development (GS4S)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, Horizon Europe


In light of EU challenges relating to an aging workforce and the energy transition, the EU faces a shortage of relevant skills. The Horizon Europe project GS4S seeks to better understand global skills shortages in selected sectors (Digital, Care and Construction) and aims at strengthening evidence-based policies through new evidence on various overlooked global mobility schemes. It thereby focuses on skilled (migrant) workers´ experiences with skilling, upskilling and reskilling in EU and non-EU regional contexts. By using mixed-methods research, the project looks to provide exploitable datasets and practical tools for policy makers, businesses, and educational institutions in the EU and non-EU countries towards improved matching of skills, to address labour market needs and to eventually contribute a socially sustainable (well-being oriented) global strategy for skills, migration and development. As part of an interdisciplinary consortium led by Stichting Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, wiiw collaborates with partners in Belgium, Estonia, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Egypt, Nigeria and Bangladesh.


January 2024 - December 2026

wiiw team Leader

Mahdi Ghodsi

wiiw Staff

Corinna Covi, Sandra M. Leitner, Alireza Sabouniha, Maryna Tverdostup

Project Partners

Stichting Radboud Universiteit (RU), Europe Fondation Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI), European University Institute (EUI), Stichting SEO Economisch Onderzoek, Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull´Immigrazione (FIERI), Centro Studi Luca D´Agliano (CSLD), The American University in Cairo (AUC), The Nest Innovation Technology Park Limited (The Nest), Global Skills Network (GSN), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Universite de Geneve (UNIGE), ODI

Countries covered: EU, Non-EU countries-11

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution