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Attracting international skilled workers

John Salt at Paris SOPEMI conference

Attracting international skilled workers

In his role as UK Correspondent, Professor John Salt attended the annual meeting in Paris on October 6-8 of the OECD’s Group of Experts on international migration (SOPEMI).

He led a discussion on recent trends in migration flows and policies for foreign workers and students. Although it is clear that, for a number of European countries, inflows are only slowly recovering from the effects of the economic crisis, most are still seeking to attract highly skilled workers.

The internationalisation of education is also proceeding apace, with a growing list of countries seeking to increase their numbers of international students, often teaching them in English. Unlike the UK, many also seek to encourage international graduates to stay and take up work.

A wide range of other issues was discussed, including movements of investors, entrepreneurs and asylum seekers, and the processes of diaspora, integration and naturalisation. The fallout from wars and unrest in the Middle East and Africa is also once more pushing asylum up the policy agenda in Europe.

The meeting concluded with a special workshop on how migration policies are adapting to environmental and geopolitical shocks.

The UK annual report, prepared for the meeting, will be placed on the Migration Research Unit website in late November.



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