Thursday, June 25, 2020

Workers on the Move: Addressing Global Workforce Challenges Through Labor Mobility Partnerships. June 2020



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Workers on the Move: Addressing Global Workforce Challenges Through Labor Mobility Partnerships

Friday, June 26, 11:30 am-12:30 pm Eastern Time

Watch online at https://www.cgdev.org/event/workers-move-addressing-global-workforce-challenges-through-labor-mobility-partnerships

PRESENTERS

  • Lant Pritchett, Co-founder, Labor Mobility Partnerships
  • Rebekah Smith, Co-founder, Labor Mobility Partnerships

PANELISTS

  • Gonzalo Fanjul, Co-founder and Head of Research, PorCausa
  • Ratna Omidvar, Independent Senator for Ontario, Senate of Canada
  • Julia Onslow-Cole, Global Government Strategies and Compliance Partner, Fragomen

MODERATOR

  • Michael Clemens, 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 abroad. 
If you have questions for our panelists, please submit them to events@cgdev.org, tweet @CGDev #CGDTalks, or submit your comments via YouTube.


This event will be streamed live. Register above to receive a reminder about the webcast before the event. The video will stream and remain available at https://www.cgdev.org/event/workers-move-addressing-global-workforce-challenges-through-labor-mobility-partnershipsClose-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.

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