An ad hoc committee will organize a conference to examine the effects of changes in selected industrialized countries’ treatment of temporary and permanent immigrants with advanced training and skills, especially in the sciences, engineering, and software development, in an effort to understand the effects of the policy changes, in relation to other factors, on entry and retention and domestic labor markets and educational patterns. The conference will also compare these countries' administrative mechanisms (e.g., commissions and point systems), methods of integrity assurance, and data collection and evaluation. The committee will develop the agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. An individually-authored workshop summary will be prepared by a rapporteur.
The first public event will be in the fall of 2014.
A committee of 5 members includes experts from the research community(e.g., labor and migration economics and law) and people with backgrounds in science and engineering. Inasmuch as the principal focus is non-U.S. immigration policies, the committee will include members of non-U.S. origin. Members include:
Jenny Hunt (Committee Chair), U.S. Department of Labor
Edward Alden, Council on Foreign Relations
Ellen Dulberger, Dulberger Enterprises LLC
David McKenzie, World Bank
Subhash Singhal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Paula Stephan, Georgia State University
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Microsoft