Global+Migration - Christopher Sabatini Senior Director...

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1 Christopher Sabatini Senior Director Policy, AS/COA and Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly Posted: March 29, 2010 09:34 PM Global Migration and Business: Help Wanted but Don't Ask Us for Any The occasional explosion of violence between native born-French and Northern African immigrants or the recent riots between African immigrants and Italian citizens in Calabria, Italy remind us that immigration is not just a U.S. phenomenon. (The violence also reminds us that for all the ugliness of U.S. public opinion or U.S. policy toward immigrants , the U.S.'s anti- immigrant backlash is relatively tame in comparison.) The pull of labor markets and the desire to seek a better life remains strong across the world. The problem is that the pull for jobs and the policy to facilitate immigration and integration do not always match. Perhaps more problematic is that the principal engine for workers to cross borders (the businesses that employ them) remain largely unwilling to confront the contradiction between need for and receptiveness to immigrants. While they may attract them and admit they benefit from them, businesses are too often unwilling to defend immigrants and immigration. Who Needs Immigrants ? Turns out most of us do. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Migration Barometer ,1 of the top ten countries ranked by their attractiveness and accessibility for migrants all but two are in English speaking (Australia, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and New Zealand) or in Northern Europe (Sweden, Norway, Belgium). The outliers are Singapore and Hong Kong, both small economies that have actively sought to bolster their shallow workforce with the skills of immigrant workers. The barometer is a composite of two indices. The first measures the attractiveness of a country to migrants, looking at economic growth, cultural-historical proximity, and quality-of-life factors such as the quality of public services, access to financial and credit services, civil liberties, and
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2 ease of remitting money. The second index measures accessibility for migrants--essentially the
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