Meeting Global Skills and Talent Needs in Changing Labor Markets
Ur M. Jaddou, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
Michael Shotter, Director, Migration and Asylum Directorate, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Patrick Hallinan, Minister Counsellor Home Affairs and Regional Director - Americas, Department of Home Affairs, Australia
Julia Gelatt, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
Kate Hooper, Policy Analyst, MPI
Andrew Selee, President, MPI
As demographic pressures, technological advances, economic shifts, and pandemic disruptions rapidly reshape labor markets in the United States and globally, the resulting labor shortages and skills gaps are sparking conversations about the role that immigration could serve.
This discussion features senior policymakers and other experts exploring the extent to which labor market needs should shape future immigration policy decisions, and how countries are adjusting—and could adjust—their immigration systems to meet human capital and competitiveness needs. The webcast marks the launch of MPI’s Global Skills and Talent Initiative, which is exploring the role that immigration and immigrant integration can play in addressing current and future workforce needs; how immigration can support competitiveness in high-growth sectors; and the implications of remote work for immigration systems, among other key questions. The conversation features discussion of the first two research publications under the initiative, one examining actions the U.S. executive branch could take to facilitate the migration of needed workers, and the other a look at how governments could factor labor shortages into their economic immigration policies.