Is skill-selection the future of immigration policy?
Melanie Kolbe, Assistant Professor, International relations/Political Science
Maison de la paix, Geneva
There is general agreement among politicians, voters, and scholars that highly-skilled immigrants (i.e. individuals with a tertiary degree and in internationally competitive industries) are economically and socially desirable for immigrant-receiving countries. Yet, do all countries attempt to attract these immigrants? And how do states incentivise these individuals to come and stay? More importantly, what does that mean for other types of immigrants such as low-skilled workers, asylum-seekers of family migrants?
This lunch briefing will discuss the rationales behind increasing discourses and policies aiming at privileging highly-qualified immigrants, the effectiveness of these policies, and their implications for the ethics of immigration.
After studying for a bachelor's degree at the University of Rostock, Germany, Melanie Kolbe gained a Master and PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia, USA, where she then taught for several years. Melanie Kolbe specialises particularly in immigration and migration law and policy, refugees and diasporas, civil societies and social movements.
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