For different reasons, more and more individuals have been crossing borders in recent decades, either as permanent or temporary migrants, as daily transnational commuters, or as refugees. These cross-border movements generate important challenges for EU countries in general, and for Luxembourg in particular. In this context, ACROSS aims to develop tools to monitor, analyze and improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of these flows – a prerequisite for relevant advice to policy-makers – and to train doctoral candidates to address these challenges as future researchers and experts in and outside academia. The three partners, LISER, CREA-UL and STATEC, aims to improve knowledge on the determinants of the size and structure of cross-border movements, on their economic implications (through the labor market, public finances, prices,
aggregate and skill-biased technical changes, etc.), on their social and institutional effects (social cohesion, attitudes and political preferences, labor market institutions, etc.), and on living conditions (income level and distribution, environment, family life, etc.). A second feature of the research agenda is that we will analyze mobility issues at various spatial scales (World, Europe, Luxembourg and the Greater Region). The three partner institutions aim to create a team of excellence on cross-border mobility, a team where migration and labor market scholars can interact together with data providers, and where new generations of PhD students can benefit
from synergies between institutions. To achieve its goals, the consortium provides a unique core training programme comprising general PhD courses, specific courses on cross-border mobility, a series of doctoral lectures given by international renowned scholars, offsite retreats, and job market sessions.