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Trade and Migration

Building Bridges for Global Labour Mobility

Trade and Migration by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Expectations are running high for significant outcomes on the temporary movement of natural persons to supply services –  known as mode 4 – in the current WTO services negotiations.  Powerful drivers for liberalisation exist, such as increased trade and investment, strengthened global business networks, shortage of skills in developed countries, and increasing export capacity in skilled labour in developing countries. However, stumbling blocks remain. What is the impact of temporary movement on domestic labour markets in developed countries? Does mode 4 contribute to “brain drain” in developing countries? And what are the links between mode 4 and the sensitive issue of how countries regulate the entry of foreigners into their territory?

Building on a recent groundbreaking OECD/IOM/World Bank seminar, Trade and Migration considers these questions and examines the opportunities and challenges in the current debate as they relate to mode 4 and the current WTO services negotiations. The book explores possible ways forward for building greater understanding between the trade and migration policy communities on this important and timely issue. It suggests ways to unleash the potential of the temporary movement of service suppliers to bring significant gains to developed and developing countries alike.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2004
164 pages; ISBN 9789264016408
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Title: Trade and Migration
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development