Migrant Health Workers Are on the COVID-19 Frontline. We Need More of Them.

AUTHORS: HELEN DEMPSTER AND REBEKAH SMITH

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development

Worldwide, the health worker profession relies on migrants. But policy often restricts their movement. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown that, under crisis, many of these barriers are more malleable than policymakers make them out to be.

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Introducing an Outcomes-Based Migrant Welfare Fund

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND RICHARD JOHNSON

Current migration systems encourage migrants to take on debt and service providers to behave poorly, undermining the development impact of labor mobility. We propose a Migrant Welfare Fund that partners with impact investors to pay service providers for outcomes in connecting migrants to jobs, creating a rights-respecting and self-financing system.

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The Future is Older

AUTHOR: LANT PRITCHETT

OECD countries are rapidly aging – their working age populations are shrinking, while their elderly populations are growing. This has significant fiscal and economic implications for these societies, yet thus far there has been no serious policy response. In this blog, Lant Pritchett explores these historically unprecedented and largely ignored trends.

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Welcome to the LaMP blog!

Welcome to the Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) blog! LaMP is a new organization currently incubating at the Center for Global Development. LaMP aims to be the first organization which actively works to increase rights-respecting labor mobility, creating opportunities for needed workers to fill jobs abroad while unlocking billions in income gains.

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How Can Japan Meet Its Goal of 500,000 Foreign Workers by 2025? By Contracting Out Labor Mobility Programs

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND ANITA VUKOVIC

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development

To combat a “super-aging” society, Japan plans to admit 500,000 foreign workers by 2025. But the country faces significant implementation gaps, which could be solved through contracting work out.

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The Benefits of ‘Untying’: How to Move from Employer- to Occupation-Specific Work Permits

AUTHORS: REBEKAH SMITH AND ANITA VUKOVIC

This post was first published at the Center for Global Development.

Untying’ work permits can reduce workers’ vulnerabilities, strengthen their wages, and improve employer productivity. But these benefits can only be realized if practical barriers to changing employers are removed. Here, we describe how. 

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