Media & Commentators - Role of Government

Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)

A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.

New Migration Council with corporate heavyweights to fight for a bigger Australia (Article)

Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds (News Story)

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.

[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)

[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration (News Story)

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Canadian province of Nova Scotia seeks ‘entrepreneur’ immigrants with 2 new streams (News Story)

The Nova Scotia government is creating two new immigration streams aimed at attracting foreigners with money to invest.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.

Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States (Employer Report)

How can communities unlock the full potential of immigrant professionals within their workforce? Which factors have influenced the economic success of foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S.? This report from WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT details the results of a groundbreaking study on the experiences of immigrant professionals, and offers recommendations for more fully utilizing their talents and training.

Migrant networks and trade: The Vietnamese boat people as a natural experiment (News Story)

The share of US exports going to Vietnam over the period 1995-2010 was higher and more diversified in those states with larger Vietnamese populations, themselves the result of larger refugee inflows two decades beforehand.

Transnational Entrepreneurship: Q&A with Howard Lin (Article)

Cross-border activities increase “brain circulation.” For countries like Canada that see poor performance on innovation, and particularly on commercialization, transnational entrepreneurs present a unique opportunity.

Canada’s Start-Up Visa: Build-Measure-Learn (Article)

Can a government work like and with the private start-up sector to jump-start immigrant entrepreneurship, attract the “best and brightest” international entrepreneurs …

Actually, Immigration Can Create Jobs (News Story)

Put more simply—if 1,000 new immigrants were to move in, the local economy would end up gaining about 1,200 new jobs. The researchers refer to this increased demand effect as a “shot-in-the-arm” for the local economy.

Participatory Planning Moves from Shut-Downs to Start-Ups (Article)

Natural entrepreneurs can be found in informal and marginalized communities. Recognizing and working with them, instead of penalizing them for entrepreneurial activities can revitalize a community.

More Than Money: Competitions and Awards Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Article)

Competitions or awards spark new ideas, encourage innovation and reach new audiences within the sector.

Micro Loans as Start-up Finance for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Article)

Access to capital is a common challenge faced by immigrant entrepreneurs. Micro loan models are popping up as a solution.

Cities Help Deliver the Immigrant Entrepreneur Value Proposition (Article)

How do cities re-charge their economic engines and stay competitive in a globalized economy? Embracing immigrant entrepreneurs and immigrant-owned small businesses leads to better outcomes not only for newcomers, but for cities themselves.