MPG Director Jan Niessen will speak at the OECD Forum 2014 Lunch Debate on Migration, which will focus on the contribution of immigrant entrepreneurs in receiving societies.
Many immigrants are natural entrepreneurs, establishing companies, creating jobs, and driving innovation. They contribute to a more innovative, flexible, and productive economy, leading to new and better jobs. Immigrants and their children must be successfully integrated into society. When immigrants are unemployed, underemployed or working in the informal economy, opportunities are lost. This is also the case when their children fail at school.
These challenges have been exacerbated as migrants have been hit hard by the global crisis. In Europe, unemployment is not only systematically higher among immigrants; half of unemployed immigrants have been in this situation for more than a year. Unless these issues are properly addressed, they do not only make migration a topic of hot debate, but also one that can lead to extreme political choices.
The Forum debate will feature examples of successful integration of migrants, including as entrepreneurs or politicians. What are the key factors to successfully integrate immigrant families into the economy? What measures should be taken for migration to bring long-term benefits to migrants, their families, and society as a whole? Can migration be a remedy to the demographic challenge? If so, what polices should be put in place to enable this?