Skills Mobility Focus of Policymakers, Business Community at Global Immigration Forum


June 29, 2017                                                             

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Skills Mobility Focus of Policymakers, Business Community at Global Immigration Forum
CFGI: Migration Policies Key to Generating Global Economic Growth

Berlin – As governments and business leaders navigate the rapidly evolving global migration landscape, the Executive Director of the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) today presented a set of guiding principles on the critical issue of skills mobility. Released at the 10th Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD) in Berlin, the priorities underscore the vital role employers and governments must play in advancing global skills mobility, which is essential to promoting economic growth.

“As the current global political environment presents opportunities and threats to skills mobility, businesses and governments must redouble efforts to advance policies that deliver the best results,” said Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of CFGI. “The priorities we have outlined today provide what we hope is a valuable road map as we work together to promote economic growth that benefits all, including native workforces.”

The annual GFMD Summit provides an opportunity for employers to meet with government officials from across the globe to discuss migration issues, including skills mobility. As highlighted in a recent CFGI survey in which 74 percent of employers reported that access to global skills is critical to their business objectives, the business community is keenly aware of the value of skills mobility in the workplace.

CFGI has played a leading role in developing the GFMD report, Toward a Global Compact on Migration: Perspectives on Labour Migration from the GFMD Business Mechanism, which includes the global skills mobility priorities released today. 

The priorities are closely aligned with CFGI’s principles for immigration policies that are fair, innovative and competitive. They include: 

  • Migration policies should be timely and flexible to accommodate new and long-standing business models, but also predictable and transparent so that employers can effectively manage compliance.

  • Employers can be a valuable partner in identifying skills needs and establishing frameworks for assessing foreign qualifications. Policies should avoid rigid qualification requirements and skills definitions, trusting employers to identify the most qualified candidate.

  • Migration policies should foster family unity by creating accessible pathways for accompanying family to obtain work authorization.

  • Employers should elevate the discourse around migration by highlighting how skills mobility promotes opportunity and publicly committing to fair, responsible and compliant migration.

“CFGI is committed to advancing fair, innovative and competitive migration, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it promotes growth and economic opportunity across the globe,” Shotwell added. “This important work will help us refine our input to the negotiations around the UN global compact on migration.”


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, comprised of over 200 corporations, universities and research institutions is engaged in the global movement of talent. CFGI members are in-house professionals responsible for ensuring compliance with immigration and related employment laws worldwide.  Learn more about us at