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The Impact of the EU Blue Card Policy on Economic Growth in the African Sending Countries

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  • d'Artis Kancs
  • Pavel Ciaian

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In 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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Paper provided by Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels in its series EERI Research Paper Series with number EERI_RP_2010_10.

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Date of creation: 10 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:eei:rpaper:eeri_rp_2010_10

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Keywords: African sending countries; high-skill migration; EU Blue Cards; innovative capital; economic growth; LDC.;

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  1. 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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