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Global Competitiveness

The United States has long been the destination for the world’s hardest working, entrepreneurial, and talented immigrants. However, U.S. immigration policy has remained virtually unchanged since the 1960s and is not designed to meet today’s economic needs. In fact, only about 7 percent of all U.S. green cards are given for economic reasons. Meanwhile, other countries have identified the strong link between immigration and economic success and adapted their policies accordingly: In Australia, 38.5 percent of permanent residency visas go to workers, while in Canada, the equivalent figure is 30.1 percent.1 Policymakers in emerging economies like Chile have also launched innovative programs targeted at entrepreneurs to start businesses, attract capital, and boost domestic job creation.2 As the global competition for talent increases, the United States cannot afford an immigration system that turns away the best and brightest.

1 OECD, “International Migration Outlook 2016,” Paris, 2016. Available online.
2 “About Us,” Start-Up Chile, 2014. Available online.

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