LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, Jun 15 (MARKET WIRE) —
As the “Baby Boomer” generation reaches retirement age, skilled
workers are leaving the workforce at greater rates than ever before.
This, combined with the economic need for skills, is providing a stimulus
to immigration. Governments, however, also have to keep one eye on the
political consequences of loosening immigration controls, as was seen in
the recent United Kingdom election.
At various stages in recent years, the United Kingdom, the United States,
and even Germany have experienced their own brain drains. These have been
characterised by skilled workers leaving for foreign shores in search of
higher salaries and a better quality of life. Some countries have gone
out of their way to attract these highly-skilled workers. Australia
immigration for skilled workers has continued to run at high levels.
Canada is also working to attract skilled workers, and Canada immigration
is an attractive option for those who have the necessary skills. This is
a particular problem for those countries losing their skilled workers. In
the United Kingdom, for example, every junior doctor who emigrates has
cost over GBP 250,000 to train.
While countries almost have to beg skilled people to stay or seek to
attract skilled workers from abroad, governments also have to balance
this against the political reality of having large numbers of unemployed
indigenous workers who do not have in-demand skills, with the consequent
risk of civil unrest. Canada immigration has changed the character of
cities like Vancouver dramatically, and Australia immigration from the
Pacific Rim countries continues to change the ethnic makeup of the
country. As globalisation continues, and the centre of gravity of
economic power moves away from the West, workers are going to have to
face the reality that they might need to be mobile not just within their
own country, but to other countries as well.
Companies such as Global Visas are well placed to help in this process,
and Liam Clifford of the world-leading visa company says, “This is
the area I would like Global Visas to inhabit – asking large businesses
and our clients how global economic forces are affecting the migration
trends of people. As Norman Tebbit said in the last great recession, ‘Get
on your bike’. I think this still applies but needs to be updated to ‘Get
on your plane.’”
About Global Visas
Global Visas are a world leading authority on immigration and visas for
private individuals and corporate clients, providing the most
comprehensive and up-to-date visa and immigration advice available. Their
offices around the world provide immigration and visa solutions for those
travelling to America, South Africa, Australia, the UK and many other
countries. Global Visas was founded in 1996 by a former immigration
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