Upcoming: Workers on the Move: The Need for ‘Quality’ Mobility Industry

Wednesday December 9th | 11.00 – 12.30 ET | Online

Populations in high-income countries are rapidly aging, while at the same time, low-income countries are facing sharp increase in their working age populations. These demographic trends are an ‘unstoppable force’ towards increased labor mobility, pushing against the ‘unmovable object’ of political resistance from citizens in high-income countries to increasing immigrant populations. Temporary mobility programs (TMPs) may be a politically viable solution, as they increase the number of workers without the same political implications as permanent migration. However, TMPs themselves are also politically unpopular, in large part because they have been plagued by bad outcomes for workers related to the low quality of the existing ‘mobility industry.’ In this event, the LaMP team will present the findings of our report on the case for a ‘quality’ mobility industry, and our efforts in the next stage towards facilitating the emergence of such and industry. This will be followed by a panel of quality mobility industry actors and employers.

Workers on the Move: Labor Mobility As a Powerful Tool for Alleviating Poverty

Thursday October 22nd | 9.00 – 10.30 ET | Online

Workers are at the heart of labor mobility. While a significant amount of research and advocacy on the topic (including our own) focuses on impacts in receiving and sending countries, at its core labor mobility is about workers filling needed jobs, and how this impacts themselves and their families. Overwhelming evidence shows labor mobility to be among the most powerful tools for lifting individuals and households out of poverty. In this event, LaMP Research Director Lant Pritchett interviewed author Jason DeParle, whose book A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century offers an intimate and nuanced look how labor mobility shaped the lives of one Filipino family. This conversation was followed by a panel discussion with migrant representatives and advocates, who discussed their experience of labor mobility and how they pursue more and better overseas employment opportunities for workers.

Workers on the Move: Labor Mobility as a Jobs Solution for Sending Countries

Thursday September 10 | 9.00 – 10.00 ET | Online

While high-income countries face rapidly shrinking working-age populations, these same populations in low-income countries are sharply increasing. Bridging these markets through labor mobility offers transformative benefits for low-income countries. However, there are a number of factors limiting sending countries’ ability to unlock the potential of labor mobility for their people. In this event, we heard from sending country officials on the impacts of labor mobility, challenges they have experienced, and how these challenges can be overcome.

Workers on the Move: How Can Labor Mobility Help Employers Address Job Gaps?

Thursday July 30 | 9.00 – 10.00 ET | Online

Our distinguished panel of speakers discussed the negative effect of labor shortages on communities and economies in high-income countries, and how to pursue labor mobility systems which unlock benefits for employers and workers alike.


Workers on the Move: Addressing Global Workforce Challenges Through Labor Mobility Partnerships

Friday June 26 | 11.30 – 12.30 ET | Online

In this event, a distinguished panel of speakers discusses predicted demographic changes in high-income countries and constraints to coordinated action on labor mobility, and how external support could help address these constraints. In response to existing gaps in this support, they discuss the design of a new organization, Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) which will work with governments, the private sector and employers, ‘mobility industry,’ financiers, and civil society to increase rights-respecting labor mobility, ensuring workers can access employment opportunities abroad.


Migrant Health Workers are on the COVID-19 Frontline: We Need More of Them

Tuesday April 28 | 8.30 – 9.30 ET | Online

In this talk, Helen Dempster and Rebekah Smith discuss ways in which we can address global health worker shortages during pandemics, and, in the long-term, build up the global stock of health workers to address increasingly worrying demographic impacts. This talk is based on the recently published blog post, “Migrant Health Workers Are on the COVID-19 Frontline. We Need More of Them.”