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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.

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

Even with tighter controls and more deportations, developed countries will continue to be confronted with a substantial inflow and the resulting stock of irregular immigrants, most of whom are there to stay. The denial of this fact risks the accumulation of a massive integration problem just like the denial that the “guest workers” were there to stay. To address this problem, earned regularization programs leading to opportunities for naturalization of those irregular migrants who rapidly acquire language skills and display other characteristics conducive to labor market success and rapid integration are preferable both to the haphazard mass regularizations that have repeatedly occurred in some EU countries and to unrealistic and ultimately irresponsible political declarations about mass removals.

This would involve introducing additional conditions over and above those that need to be met by immigrants arriving through legal channels.

It is worth acknowledging that irregular immigrants have often jumped the queue ahead of those who were following the rules. Thus such immigrants need to satisfy additional conditions before being regularized, including the acquisition of language skills and other characteristics conducive to rapid integration.

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    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
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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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    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
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    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