The US Labour Immigration Scheme – All About Being Attractive? EU Perceptions and Stakeholders’ Perspectives Reviewed

Liberty and Security in Europe Papers No. 67

25 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2014

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Katharina Eisele

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: September 17, 2014

Abstract

Labour immigration schemes that effectively attract qualified immigrant workers are a policy priority for many governments. But what are 'attractive' labour immigration schemes and policies? To whom are (or should) such policies (be) attractive? In Europe, the US is often portrayed as one of the most 'attractive' countries of immigration – if not the most 'attractive'. This paper aims to analyse and provide a better understanding of the elements of the US immigration system that are supposedly attractive to foreign workers, by examining key features of the current and prospective US labour immigration rules. The paper finds that 'attractiveness' in this policy context is a highly malleable and flexible concept: What might be 'attractive' to one key stakeholder might not be to another.

Keywords: US, labour, immigration, US immigration policy, US labour immigration rules

Suggested Citation

Eisele, Katharina, The US Labour Immigration Scheme – All About Being Attractive? EU Perceptions and Stakeholders’ Perspectives Reviewed (September 17, 2014). Liberty and Security in Europe Papers No. 67. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2500155

Katharina Eisele (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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