Globalization is the central economic upheaval of the late 20th century. Since the end of the 1970s, it has determined more and more areas of economic life. Global labor markets have not remained unaffected by this development. However, the globalization of employment to date exhibits specific patterns. In Europe, cross-border labor migration since the early 1980s has increasingly been characterized by the intra-company secondment of qualified experts. This trend is explained by the simultaneous internationalization of the European economy in the wake of technology-related declining distance costs and the advancing economic integration of Europe.

In his innovative synthesis of globalization and migration theory, the author particularly elaborates the complementary relationship between the Europeanization of the markets for capital and higher-skilled labor and empirically substantiates it on the basis of new data.

The study is addressed to all interested parties in academia and business. Its practical relevance results from the author’s professional activities in internationalization projects.