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Symposium 2008

Designing Immigration Policy

The Challenge

While the world is becoming more integrated through cheaper transport and communication, large income differences persist between rich and poor countries. As a result, the pressures to migrate from poor to rich countries are rising. Migration among rich countries and among poor countries is also on the rise.

There are potential conflicts of interest between the migrants and the destination population, as well as between migrants and the source population.

The session focuses on the European Union as an instructive case. What reasonable policy guidelines should governments follow? What business strategies are useful in helping migration lead to prosperity and equality of opportunity?

This session will identify options for policy makers in the EU as they strive to make Europe more attractive and open to high-skilled, internationally mobile individuals. The focus will be on recent proposals to issue a large number of "Blue Cards" that would give suitably qualified card holders access to the singe European labour market. The session will discuss the choice of admission criteria as well as possible conflicts of interest with migrants' home countries that might suffer a brain drain.

    Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Redesign low-skill immigration policies through a combination of implementable restrictions and feasible border enforcement. Thereby channel illegal migration into legal employment.

    Redesign low-skill immigration policies through a combination of implementable restrictions and feasible border enforcement. Thereby channel illegal migration into legal employment.

    Redesign low-skill immigration policies through a combination of implementable restrictions and feasible border enforcement. Thereby channel illegal migration into legal employment.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Create a standing commission on immigration and to adjust immigration levels flexibly in response to changing market and institutional conditions.

    Create a standing commission on immigration and to adjust immigration levels flexibly in response to changing market and institutional conditions.

    Create a standing commission on immigration and to adjust immigration levels flexibly in response to changing market and institutional conditions.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Give irregular immigrants the opportunity and incentives to integrate through continuous “earned regularization” leading to naturalization.

    Give irregular immigrants the opportunity and incentives to integrate through continuous “earned regularization” leading to naturalization.

    Give irregular immigrants the opportunity and incentives to integrate through continuous “earned regularization” leading to naturalization.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Make immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants much more open, such as by introducing a “blue card” for immigrants to the EU. Don´t allow concerns about a possible brain drain to ...

    Make immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants much more open, such as by introducing a “blue card” for immigrants to the EU. Don´t allow concerns about a possible brain drain to stop the ...

    Make immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants much more open, such as by introducing a “blue card” for immigrants to the EU. Don´t allow concerns about a possible brain drain to stop the opening of labor markets for high-skilled immigrants.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Implement high-skilled immigration programs that rely on broad-based notions of skill, rather than the traditional notion of short-run “skill shortages.”

    Implement high-skilled immigration programs that rely on broad-based notions of skill, rather than the traditional notion of short-run “skill shortages.”

    Implement high-skilled immigration programs that rely on broad-based notions of skill, rather than the traditional notion of short-run “skill shortages.”

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Report of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future

    Doris Meissner Deborah W. Meyers Micheal Fix Executive Summary Immigration i s the oldest and newest story of the American experience.The same dreams of freedom and opportunity that galvanized people ...

    Doris Meissner Deborah W. Meyers Micheal Fix Executive Summary Immigration i s the oldest and newest story of the American experience.The same dreams of freedom and opportunity that galvanized people to cross the ocean hundreds of years ago draw people to America today. Immigration has enabled America’s growth and prosperity, and helped shape our dynamic American society. Yet just as it has been a vital ingredient in America’s success, immigration generates changes that can be unsettling and divisive. Immigration is essential to advancing vital American interests in the 21st century. To maximize the benefits and mitigate the strains caused by

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Strategic Perspective - Designing Immigration Policy

    Key findings: Needs are not only for highly skilled but also for lesser skilled migrants (most of the movements as a result of EU enlargement have been for lesser skilled jobs; a Canadian survey of SM ...

    Key findings: Needs are not only for highly skilled but also for lesser skilled migrants (most of the movements as a result of EU enlargement have been for lesser skilled jobs; a Canadian survey of SMEs revealed that most labour needs for these enterprises were not for university graduates for for lower skill levels – trades and technical but also labourers; labour migration into southern Europe has been largely into lesser skilled jobs) Some high-educated migrants arriving without jobs, as in the supply-driven skilled migration systems of Australia and Canada, have difficulty finding jobs in occupations corresponding to their

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Designing Immigration Policy

    Who benefits from international labor migration? Above all, the benefits are distributed unevenly. If migration is successful, migrants themselves benefit substantially from higher wages, and recipien ...

    Who benefits from international labor migration? Above all, the benefits are distributed unevenly. If migration is successful, migrants themselves benefit substantially from higher wages, and recipients of remittances enjoy higher disposable incomes. Other home country households may benefit indirectly, for example through higher government spending financed from higher tax revenue on growing imports. On the downside, skilled emigration may lead to a brain drain that impedes economic development. The benefits of immigration to host country natives less clear. GDP will increase, but the additional income will be earned mostly by the migrants themselves. Net benefits are likely if immigrants

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society