Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy

Wanted and Welcome?

Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective

Editors: Triadafilopoulos, Triadafilos (Ed.)

  • Offers a comparative perspective of immigration policies towards skilled immigrant labor
  • Brings together scholars from a diverse selection of fields including political science, history, sociology and law
  • Provides suggestions for improving the labor market for skilled immigrants
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This book considers the origins, performance and diffusion of national immigration policies targeting highly skilled immigrants. Unlike asylum seekers and immigrants admitted under family reunification streams, highly skilled immigrants are typically cast as “wanted and welcome” as a consequence of their potential economic contribution to the receiving society and putative assimilability. Testing the degree to which this assumption holds is the principle aim of this book. In contrast to publications which see highly skilled immigration as functional response to labor market needs, the book probes the political and sociological dimensions of policy, drawing on contributions from an international group of established and new scholars from the fields of history, law, political science, sociology, and public policy. The book is organized into four parts. Part I probes the origins of post-WWII immigration policies in Canada, Australia, and the United States. Part II analyzes recent debates on highly skilled immigration policy in the United States, whose origins go back to the 1965 Act by Congress which favored family reunification over skilled immigration. Part III considers the degree to which highly skilled immigrants are welcome, by focusing on the integration trajectories of foreign trained professionals in Canada. Paradoxically, just as Canada has succeeded in orienting its admissions system more explicitly toward privileging highly educated and skilled professionals, highly skilled immigrants have experienced worsening economic outcomes as reflected in rates of unemployment and falling earnings. Part IV considers the internationalization of highly skilled immigration policies, focusing on Europe’s most important immigration countries, Germany and Britain. As is true in Canada, the labor market outcomes for highly skilled immigrants in Europe are disappointing, and the final chapter discusses why this is the case and what might be done to improve matters. Given its combination of cross-disciplinary insights, cross-national comparisons, and empirical richness, the book will be of interest to both scholars and policymakers concerned with immigration policy.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Triadafilopoulos, Triadafilos (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Dismantling White Canada: Race, Rights, and the Origins of the Points System

    Triadafilopoulos, Triadafilos

    Pages 15-37

  • Creating Multicultural Australia: Local, Global and Trans-National Contexts for the Creation of a Universal Admissions Scheme, 1945–1983

    Tavan, Gwenda

    Pages 39-59

  • Re-Forming the Gates: Postwar Immigration Policy in the United States Through the Hart-Celler Act of 1965

    Wolgin, Philip E.

    Pages 61-81

  • Talent Matters: Immigration Policy-Setting as a Competitive Scramble Among Jurisdictions

    Shachar, Ayelet

    Pages 85-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wanted and Welcome?
Book Subtitle
Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective
Editors
  • Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos
Series Title
Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0082-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0082-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0081-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8568-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 309
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