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June 15, 2010 02:30 ET

Global Mobility Set to Enter Challenging Times

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - As the "Baby Boomer" generation reaches retirement age, skilled workers are leaving the workforce at greater rates than ever before. This, combined with the economic need for skills, is providing a stimulus to immigration. Governments, however, also have to keep one eye on the political consequences of loosening immigration controls, as was seen in the recent United Kingdom election.

At various stages in recent years, the United Kingdom, the United States, and even Germany have experienced their own brain drains. These have been characterised by skilled workers leaving for foreign shores in search of higher salaries and a better quality of life. Some countries have gone out of their way to attract these highly-skilled workers. Australia immigration for skilled workers has continued to run at high levels. Canada is also working to attract skilled workers, and Canada immigration is an attractive option for those who have the necessary skills. This is a particular problem for those countries losing their skilled workers. In the United Kingdom, for example, every junior doctor who emigrates has cost over £250,000 to train. 

While countries almost have to beg skilled people to stay or seek to attract skilled workers from abroad, governments also have to balance this against the political reality of having large numbers of unemployed indigenous workers who do not have in-demand skills, with the consequent risk of civil unrest. Canada immigration has changed the character of cities like Vancouver dramatically, and Australia immigration from the Pacific Rim countries continues to change the ethnic makeup of the country. As globalisation continues, and the centre of gravity of economic power moves away from the West, workers are going to have to face the reality that they might need to be mobile not just within their own country, but to other countries as well. 

Companies such as Global Visas are well placed to help in this process, and Liam Clifford of the world-leading visa company says, "This is the area I would like Global Visas to inhabit – asking large businesses and our clients how global economic forces are affecting the migration trends of people. As Norman Tebbit said in the last great recession, 'Get on your bike'. I think this still applies but needs to be updated to 'Get on your plane.'"

About Global Visas

Global Visas are a world leading authority on immigration and visas for private individuals and corporate clients, providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date visa and immigration advice available. Their offices around the world provide immigration and visa solutions for those travelling to America, South Africa, Australia, the UK and many other countries. Global Visas was founded in 1996 by a former immigration officer.

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