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Using a point system for selecting immigrants

Max Tani

IZA World of Labor, 2014, No 24, 24

Abstract: Restricting immigration to young and skilled immigrants using a point system, as in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, succeeds in selecting economically desirable immigrants and provides orderly management of population growth. But the point system cannot fix short-term skilled labor shortages in a timely manner nor prevent poor labor market outcomes for immigrants, since domestic employers can undervalue schooling and work experience acquired abroad. Furthermore, the efficacy of a point system can be compromised if unscreened visa categories receive higher priority.

Keywords: migrants; immigration policy; selection; point system (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J18 J21 J24 J61 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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