Co-founder and Head of Research, PorCausa
Independent Senator for Ontario, Senate of Canada
Global Government Strategies and Compliance Partner, Fragomen
Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
ABOUT THE EVENT
Between 2050 and 2080, OECD countries will need at least 400
million new workers to maintain current pension and health schemes,
resulting from a shrinking working-age population and a growing elderly
population. Meanwhile, working-age populations in developing countries are
growing faster than job creation, meaning large numbers will need to find
jobs elsewhere. This creates an opportunity; workers who find jobs in
richer countries can expect to increase their income by 6 to 15 times,
making mobility a powerful tool for alleviating poverty.
However, the question looms of how labor market needs of this scale can be
met. The current migrant population in OECD countries is at 119 million –
far short of the estimated 400+ million needed in the not-distant future.
All stakeholders would benefit from a system through which actors cooperate
to better facilitate labor mobility, but face risks and constraints from
cooperation which prevent this.
In this event, we will discuss these constraints to coordinated action on
labor mobility, and how external support could help address these
constraints. In response to existing gaps in this support, we will discuss
the design of a new organization, Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP) which
will work with governments, the private sector and employers, ‘mobility
industry,’ financiers, and civil society to increase rights-respecting
labor mobility, ensuring workers can access employment opportunities
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