Becoming ‘the world’s most promising emerging market’: Is the government’s white paper on international migration good enough?

19 Feb 2000, by Admin
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CDE, February 2000

The government’s white paper on international migration recognises, correctly, that the challenge for the country is to take advantage of the positive aspects of globalisation while taking a realistic view of the resource constraints and strategic impediments to policy implementation. Other useful proposals include a specialised immigration service, offering visa-free travel to a broad range of visitors and delegating responsibility to companies in the form of ‘corporate’ work permits. However, the paper fails to recognise the impacts of AIDS and emigration on the skilled workforce, and the proposals are hatched in a policy vacuum by not taking account of the government’s broader policy goals of employment, entrepreneurship and economic growth. The paper also makes the immigration process onerous by requiring too much bureaucratic intervention and supervision.

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