Monday, December 18 marks International Migrants Day. According to the UN, the number of international migrants around the world reached 244 million in 2015. Much attention has been given to the impact of migration on host countries but how does it impact emigrants’ home countries?
Elisabetta Lodigiani found that migrants can have positive political effects on their home countries’ institutions. “The number of immigrants from developing countries living in richer, more developed countries has increased substantially during the last decades. At the same time, the quality of institutions in developing countries has also improved.” However the induced democratization process from abroad can only occur if migrants have the possibility of integrating and participating in the social and economic activities in the host country.
However, whilst return migration can have multiple benefits, not all developing countries benefit from returning migrants. “…if returnees are not able to reintegrate into the home labor market after a period of absence, or if they return with skills that do not match the requirements of the home market, this could lead to brain waste rather than brain gain,” writes Jackline Wahba.
Since the 1970s, a large number of countries have instituted free or highly subsidized education and childcare services for all children below the compulsory schooling age. In most cases, an important objective of these policies has been to make it easier for women to combine paid work and childcare responsibilities to increase maternal labor force participation. Read the full commentary.
Call for papers: 2nd IZA Labor Statistics Workshop: The Returns to Skill in the Labor Market, April 26-27. The aim of the 2018 workshop of IZA’s “Labor Statistics” program area is to bring together senior and junior researchers to discuss their recent empirical research related to skill attainment and the returns to skill in the labor market. Submission deadline: December 18, 2017
Open for applications: Understanding and Synthesizing Evidence-Based Research, June 4-15. The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will offer a for-credit international graduate course on understanding and synthesizing evidence-based research in Paris, Summer 2018. Application deadline: March 1, 2018
Call for papers: 5th International Conference on Employer Engagement and Training 2018, July 5-6. The conference will focus on employer engagement in education and training, vocational education and how these relate to the Government’s plans for increasing social mobility, the implementation of its Industrial Strategy and improving the flow of skills into the labor market post-Brexit. Submission deadline: January 20, 2018
Call for abstracts: 3rd IZA Junior/Senior Symposium, July 16-17. After extremely successful Symposia in Bonn in 2016 and Austin in 2017, the third IZA Junior/Senior Labor Symposium will be held at IZA in Bonn, Germany. We shall have 10 papers presented by authors who are between 1 and 6 years past the Ph.D. No author on any accepted paper should be outside this range of experience. Submission deadline: January 20, 2018
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