The Impact of the EU Blue Card Policy on Economic Growth in the African Sending Countries
AbstractIn 2009 the EU adopted a new migration policy instrument - the Blue Cards (BC) - for attracting highly skilled workers to the EU. The present paper examines the potential impacts, which BC may cause on the less developed sending countries (LDC). According to the adopted framework of innovative capital, the BC will reduce human capital in LDC. In addition, BC will also have a negative impact on knowledge capital. These findings suggest that the BC is not coherent with the EU’s development policy. Without appropriate policy responses, BC fade the developing country growth prospects away. In order to address the skill drain issues, we propose and examine alternative migration policy options for the LDC.
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African sending countries; high-skill migration; EU Blue Cards; innovative capital; economic growth; LDC.;
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- D'artis Kancs & Pavel Ciaian, 2010. "The Impact Of The Eu Blue Card Policy On Economic Growth In The African Sending Countries," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 78(3), pages 225-247, 09.
- F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order; Noneconomic International Organizations;; Economic Integration and Globalization: General
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2010-09-03 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2010-09-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2010-09-03 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-MIG-2010-09-03 (Economics of Human Migration)
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- d'Artis Kancs & Pavel Ciaian, 2007. "Blue Cards, Blue Prospects?," LICOS Discussion Papers, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven 19407, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
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