Blogs

2021 at LaMP: What We Learned in a Year of Growth

AUTHOR: REBEKAH SMITH

The year 2021 was a watershed year in the world of labor mobility: one where previously unthinkable policies were suddenly on the table, where the impact of labor shortages abruptly and dramatically entered the public consciousness as well as Board rooms, and where for perhaps the first time in history, high-income countries began to ‘compete’ for migrant workers. Everywhere we saw the signs of a new coming era; one defined where mobility is a necessity and the question is not if but how.  

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LaMP’s Program on Strengthening H-2A Recruitment Now Supported by the Walmart Foundation 

November 4th, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Labor Mobility Partnerships’ (LaMP) initiative to strengthen and unlock the value of quality recruitment within the H-2A seasonal agricultural workers program has received support from the Walmart Foundation.  

LaMP will work with leading H-2A recruiters and key stakeholders in the ag labor supply chain to support the growth and development of professional, quality recruitment operations in North American agriculture. The initiative represents an opportunity for industry partners to engage in making professional recruitment the standard business practice. LaMP’s approach focuses on market-compatible strategies and solutions to recruitment challenges with the ultimate goal of making H-2A work better for everyone. 

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Building Resilient Migration Systems

AUTHOR: REBEKAH SMITH

This piece was originally produced for the Perry World House Global Shifts Colloquium and made possible (in part) by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author(s).

2021 Global Shifts Colloquium Thought Pieces

Migrant workers contribute critically to the resilience of countries and sectors during times of crises. A key factor determining the resilience of systems is their flexibility, implying that in times of crisis, labor mobility becomes especially relevant. In all times, but particularly in times of uncertainty and crisis, flexibility and the ability of workers to safely move where they are needed is critical to the adjustment of the economy. Evidence from the European Union (EU) during the Great Recession suggests that migrant workers responded to changing labor shortages across EU states, occupations, and sectors more fluidly than native-born workers and this flexibility allowed them to contribute to stabilizing labor markets during and after the crisis.

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Canada needs to improve its immigration channels for essential migrant workers

Originally published on Policy Options August 19, 2021 here.

Special note: This post was originally written for a Canadian audience, therefore the language within this article reflects the labor mobility challenges faced by their country.

AUTHORS: Ratna Omidvar and Zuzana Cepla

Labour shortages and aging demographics mean we’re relying on migrants to fill critical jobs. We need a streamlined program to meet these demands.

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Low”-Skill Worker

AUTHORS: ZUZANA CEPLA and HELEN DEMPSTER

This post was published also at the Center for Global Development (CGD) website here.

High-income countries depend on immigration to help foster strong societies and economies. Yet when deciding who is allowed to enter, most use a simple dichotomy based on educational attainment: “high” and “low” skilled.

In this blog, based on a new policy brief by Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) and discussions at a recent LaMP-CGD co-hosted event, we outline why this dichotomy is wrong, and how high-income countries can build mutually beneficial migration pathways at all skill levels.

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Introducing a New Approach to Labor Mobility

AUTHOR: REBEKAH SMITH

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

OECD countries face a growing elderly population and a shrinking working-age population, while low-income countries have working-age populations that are growing faster than jobs can absorb them. Labor mobility offers a solution, connecting potential migrants (who need jobs) to potential employers (who need workers). The Connecting International Labor Markets working group convened around the question of how to make this happen, resulting in a proposal for a new organization: Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP).

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