A Need for Migrant Labour? UK–US Comparisons

Philip Martin

in Who Needs Migrant Workers?

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580590
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595257 | DOI:
A Need for Migrant Labour? UK–US Comparisons

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This chapter discusses research and policy approaches to assessing labour shortages and the implications for immigration policy in the UK and the US, with a particular focus on the potential lessons of the UK's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for current debates about immigration reform in the US. The MAC's approach to assessing labour shortages and the review of particular British labour markets employing or requesting migrants highlight the importance of obtaining and reviewing both top‐down and bottom‐up data on labour supply and demand, and of considering the alternatives to migrant workers in response to perceived labour shortages in specific sectors and occupations. These are the two key insights of the current British model for US debates about labour shortages and immigration reform.

Keywords: migrant workers; labour shortages; immigration policy; UK‐US comparisons

Chapter.  10833 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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