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Posted on October 25 2016

Talented Indian migrants need not worry about Brexit or outcome of US elections

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023

Talented Indian migrants

Do highly-skilled Indians need to be anxious about resistance towards immigration, especially in the US, the UK or Australia? The answer is an emphatic no, if a new research study conducted by the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), a well-known not-for-profit body in the US, is anything to go by. The study states that countries in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), which comprise the developed countries of Europe, besides Canada, Australia, New Zealand and America, badly needs highly-skilled migrants.

They house close to 70 percent of the world’s most skilled migrants. More surprising is the fact that the population of all the countries in the OECD put together makes up for only 20 percent of the world’s total population.

This fear that immigrants stoke unemployment and commit more crimes, which has been proven false by various research studies, is being mainly roused by the right-wing parties. But deep inside, these parties are whipping up these sentiments among their less informed constituencies only to get votes as they too are only well aware that their countries’ workforces are aging and immigrants are needed to sustain their economies.

The Huffington Post quotes NBER as saying that the US alone attracts almost half of all the talented migrants who move to the OECD countries. It further states that the number of highly skilled people migrating to OECD bloc between 1990 and 2010 grew by 130 percent.

On the other hand, low-skilled workers made up for less than 40 percent of the immigrants to the OECD nations during the same period. The four biggest magnets for migrants within the OECD are America, Britain, Canada and Australia.

The highly-skilled immigrants are again disproportionately divided among different regions of these countries. In the US, only California and New York together housed one-eighth of the total people working in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs in 2013. On the other hand, Western Australia was home to 60 percent of the immigrant medical practitioners in 2010. On the other hand, London attracts a lot of people with proficiency in finance, while Paris is Mecca for people dabbling in fashion.

According to NBER, 57 percent of scientists in Switzerland and 45 percent and 38 percent of the people in the same profession in Australia and the US, respectively, were foreign-born. In the year 2011, America was home to 27 percent of all foreign-born surgeons and physicians.

Citizens of India, the largest source country of immigrants to OECD countries, therefore, need not be worried about the brouhaha of tough immigration laws hindering them from migrating to these developed nations as long as they are well qualified.

If you are looking to migrate to any of the OECD countries, contact Y-Axis to get professional help to file for a work visa from one of its 19 offices located in India’s eight largest cities.

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