Professor Frank Cörvers is Program Director Human Capital in the Region at Maastricht University’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA). We spoke to him about the significance of expats and other internationals for the regional economy.

Expats are of vital importance to our Maastricht Region - Expat Centre Maastricht Region - 13 december 2021

Period13 Dec 2021

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleExpats are of vital importance to our Maastricht Region
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletExpat centre Maastricht region
    Media typeOnline
    DescriptionWe now know that narratives are important for the development of regional economies. If you tell the story of the region often enough, people will believe in it, with a positive effect on the region itself. Look at Heerlen’s backstory: underground culture, Maankwartier, the tourism award, the Mining Museum, all factors that show that Heerlen is doing well. That comes on top of the transformation of their labour market. The Brightlands Smart Services Campus falls in line with the services that came there after the mine closure: ABP, Tax Authority, CBS, Defence. These smart services do not yet represent much in terms of employment, but such innovative activity is crucial in the long term.
    PersonsFrank Cörvers