Global skills mobility refers to the movement of workers of all skills levels for employment opportunities, including intra-company transfers, international recruits, and local hires. We will examine and discuss policies that govern mobility, including visa/work permit categories and processes and frameworks for recognizing foreign skills and qualifications. We propose a broad definition that aligns with the governments’ framing of the issue so that we can provide relevant contributions to the government discourse.
Despite widespread agreement among economists and business leaders on the benefits of international skills mobility, increasing populism and xenophobia distort the public discourse on migration in many countries. This creates a political environment where it is challenging to advance policies that lower barriers to the efficient and predictable movement of workers. In this context, business must explain how well managed migration can complement and create opportunities for native workers – a win-win scenario.
Businesses recognize the many benefits of migration and have developed platforms to counter common misconceptions. These platforms combine data and compelling stories to elevate the discourse around migration: