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Building Migration Systems for a New Age of Economic Competitiveness

Building Migration Systems for a New Age of Economic Competitiveness

September 2018 Meeting

Labor markets around the world are undergoing profound changes, which immigration systems have been slow to address. Demand for skilled workers in sectors as diverse as digital technology or health care is at a premium, while opportunities for many low- and middle-skilled workers are diminishing as advances in robotics and artificial intelligence threaten to render some of the most reliable low- or middle-skilled jobs in production, administration, or sales obsolete.

Most societies do not produce enough well-qualified workers to meet the needs of constantly changing economies when and where they need them. Human capital lies at the heart of economic growth and competitiveness, and even a small difference in the skills and experiences of key workers can make a large difference in the success of a firm and, in turn, the broader economy. Immigration policymakers thus face a balancing act: creating smart and flexible policies to help employers access talent and provide the conditions for prospective newcomers to succeed, while simultaneously working to make the best use of current native-born and immigrant workers.

The nineteenth meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration explores how in an era of labor market upheaval and increasing competition for talent, governments should be thinking about how to develop the human capital their economies need while attracting, choosing, and retaining the foreign talent that they invest in admitting through their immigration systems.


The individual papers presented at the meeting are available below:

Exploring New Legal Migration Pathways: Lessons from Pilot Projects
As European countries launch ambitious new legal migration partnerships with several origin and transit countries in Africa, this report takes stock of the long and mixed history of such projects. To make the most of their potential to encourage skills development and fill pressing labor gaps, policymakers will need to think carefully about the partners and sectors they choose, among other key considerations.