Saturday, February 10, 2007
There was a fascinating exchange of ideas on the political economics of immigration at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More than 140 million people live outside their countries of birth, with illegal immigration being the most rapidly growing form of human migration. Developed economies, particularly in the EU and US, face new challenges as well as opportunities in managing their immigration policies. Participants debated the issues that surround this thorny subject, which is growing in importance. Participants included Dennis J. Snower, President, Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany; John G. Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, Paris; Neil Kearney, General Secretary, International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation, Brussels; Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels; Luc Cortebeeck, President, Confederation of Christian Trade Unions, Belgium; Ben J. Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer, BT, United Kingdom.