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Symposium 2008

Solution for 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 ...

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.

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

Workable restrictions on low-skilled immigration and effective border enforcement are a political prerequisite for low-skill immigration policies. These are meant to ensure that low-skilled migration is redirected into legal channels.

Immigration problems that channel illegal migration into legal employment must recognize the reality of labor market needs, ensure that there are sufficient work permits to meet them, develop efficient recruitment methods, introduce means for employers to verify the legal status of job applicants and have enough workplace enforcement to ensure employer buy-in. Immigrants arrive not only because they can enter the country (legally or not), but because they can find jobs. The latter fact has been insufficiently addressed by policies.

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    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
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    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
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    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