Business Leaders Release Recommendations for Global Migration Governance


December 12, 2016

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Business Leaders Release Recommendations for Global Migration Governance

Public-Private Coordination Key to Addressing Worldwide Challenges 

Washington, D.C. – The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) today applauded new recommendations developed by global business leaders and released at the Ninth Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD), which stress the importance of greater private sector engagement in tackling global migration challenges.

“Smart employment-based immigration policies that promote fairness, innovation and competitiveness are critical to continued economic growth in the United States and around the world,” said Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of CFGI. “These recommendations serve as a valuable roadmap for business leaders and policymakers confronted with a rapidly evolving global migration landscape that presents both great uncertainty and great opportunity.”

The recommendations, which were developed by the members of the GFMD Business Mechanism and based on a survey of more than 210 global organizations, address the unprecedented global migration challenges confronting world leaders, businesses and workers. The priorities outlined in the recommendations are closely aligned with CFGI’s strong support for immigration reform that is fair, innovative and competitive. They include:

1) Robust Labor Migration Governance: Governments should administer efficient, balanced and transparent immigration systems that recognize labor market needs, spur innovation, fill skills gaps and promote development.

2) Fair and Ethical Recruitment: Governments should enforce existing laws and facilitate employer portability to prevent exploitative labor recruitment, work with stakeholders to identify regulatory gaps that enable exploitative recruitment practices and develop compliance tools and promote efforts to inform foreign workers of their rights and protections.

3) Public-Private Sector Engagement on Circular Migration and Remittances: To foster development in home and host economies, the public and private sectors should jointly promote voluntary circular migration to reduce the negative effects of “brain drain” on sending economies. Global initiatives on remittances should facilitate direct engagement between business and government stakeholders while at the same time reducing costs by generating efficiencies.

4) Corporate Refugee Aid: Governments should reduce barriers to refugee employment, integration and travel. In addition to direct employment, businesses can play a significant role in the resettlement and integration of migrants through training, skills and opportunity matching and delivering vital products and services to those in need.

5) Business Advocacy: Businesses should play a prominent role in advocacy for fair and open migration policy, highlight the benefits of well-managed migration and counter xenophobia by promoting the economic, social and cultural contributions of migrants.

The framework covers business needs broadly and allows for governments to consider specific initiatives and reforms in line with their own needs and objectives.

“Coordinated and well-regulated migration is essential to a functioning labor market, and stronger private sector engagement is key to developing such policies,” said Austin T. Fragomen Jr., Chair of the GFMD Business Advisory Group. “It is more important than ever for businesses to advocate for fair immigration policies by highlighting how immigration contributes to their own operations and the economy as a whole.” Mr. Fragomen is also Chair of CFGI and Partner and Chairman of Fragomen Global.

“The business position paper articulates the priorities of the private sector and brings its expertise to the shared goals of the UN system, governments and civil society in promoting more transparent, effective and humane migration policies, taking into account labour market needs and economic perspectives,” said Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). “As coordinator of the GFMD Business Mechanism, the IOE will ensure that the recommendations put forward in the paper will be presented to governments at GFMD Summits.”


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

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