“The French immigration regime, prisoner of the past, turns its back on its interests” | EUROtoday

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Foreign students during Welcome Day, the welcome day for international students at the University of Lorraine, in Nancy, September 21, 2023.

Parliament definitively adopted the immigration legislation on Tuesday, December 19. The day earlier than, El Mouhoub Mouhoud, member of the circle of economists, specialist in worldwide migration and globalization, signed the open letter from the leaders of the nation’s main faculties and universities to deplore the toughening in direction of worldwide college students.

You name for a worldwide discourse on immigration and never simply oriented in direction of essentially the most certified. What could possibly be the financial results of the legislation handed?

We are witnessing a worrying decline in rational arguments on the topic. I signed the enchantment of college presidents as a result of sending damaging indicators to worldwide college students means chopping ourselves off from the opportunity of tapping into world expertise, for no financial acquire.

Until now, the dominant French political discourse aimed to separate unhealthy migrations from good ones: on the one hand, unskilled, irregular or household reunification migrants; on the opposite, the skills that we nonetheless mentioned we needed to draw or hold. This didn’t work: regardless of progress in entries linked to “talent passports”, France’s attractiveness when it comes to world expertise stays under the key industrialized nations.

To assume that we will maintain a discourse rejecting immigration whereas remaining engaging to expertise is illusory. The greater the abilities, the extra migrants select their host nation and are delicate to political discourse on the topic. The legislation calls into query integration mechanisms that have been a consensus, with results that can be damaging.

The proper feared that regularizations would create an incentive. What about it?

Not a single critical paper from an economist or demographer confirms this concept. Immigration flows on a worldwide scale are decided by structural elements such because the globalization of commerce, demographic gaps, geopolitical and humanitarian crises or technological shocks.

Over the previous ten years, relocations to low-wage nations have slowed down, whereas States have promoted relocations and reindustrialization. The extra an organization relocates, the extra it is going to search for territories with a robust technological and analysis and improvement benefit, the extra expertise it is going to want. Reindustrialization is carefully linked to coaching insurance policies, but in addition to the attractiveness of worldwide college students and expert migration.

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