Building Migration Pathways at All Levels: Encouraging a Skills Mix

Tuesday, May 11th | 9.00 – 10.30 ET | Online

High-income countries around the world depend on immigration to help foster strong societies and economies. Yet when deciding who is allowed to enter, many high-income countries use a simple dichotomy based on educational attainment – “high” and “low” skilled. This dichotomy ignores three key facts. Firstly, economies require a wide variety of skills and abilities to thrive; admitting people at either end ignores this complexity. Secondly, most foreign workers bring a “skills mix”. This could include educational attainment and knowledge of a foreign language, but also abilities learnt at previous and current jobs as well as interpersonal and other social skills. Thirdly, COVID-19 has exposed the essential roles occupied by foreign workers at all skill levels, and many locals recognize and support this dynamic. Despite these facts, there is little willingness among high-income countries to admit more workers at a range of skill levels, or even do away with a stringent focus on educational-based skill levels overall. In this event, we will discuss how to build this willingness, and more mutually beneficial migration pathways at all skill levels.

Enabling African Youth to Up-Skill and Move

Tuesday, January 19th | 10:00 – 12:00 CEST | Online

The youth population in Africa is booming, creating a large working-age group with the potential to contribute to labor markets around the world. African youth are nonetheless facing increased constraints in finding safe and regular pathways to countries of destination, a dynamic exacerbated by COVID-19. This event, on the sidelines of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will bring together experts focused on up-skilling and moving African youth. It will attempt to answer several questions. Why, how, and where do young people in Africa want to move? What skills, experience, and income gains will they acquire by moving abroad? What contributions will they make to their countries of origin and their countries of destination? And how can major countries of destination open legal migration pathways to allow them to migrate safely, regularly and orderly, maximizing the potential of migration?

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 presented 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 was 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.”