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Works in Progress: Assessing Temporary-to-Permanent Immigration Systems in Europe and North America

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20005
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Because this subject matter remains topical and of interest, but out of an abundance of caution for COVID-19, this event has been changed to a webinar. You can begin watching live at 10 a.m. on March 26. Click here. 

If you have any questions, please contact Koreen King at [email protected] or (202) 637-7907.

Since the 1990s, a significant part of the reform debate on immigration has focused on whether the United States should change its legal immigration system to accept more high-skilled immigrants. President Trump and his congressional allies have argued that the United States should take cues from Canada and Australia and implement merit based systems that focus on admitting almost exclusively high-skilled migrants using a points-based assessment. However, the ways that workers on temporary visas can, or cannot, transition to permanent status rarely get discussed. When thinking about U.S. immigration reform, looking at other countries’ approaches to establishing temporary-to-permanent pathways may give us insight into a path forward.

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center as it releases its latest comparative report looking at five employment-based immigration systems in Europe and North America, and what we can glean from these approaches, followed by an expert panel discussion.

Read the full report.

Featured Participants

Cristobal Ramon
Senior Policy Analyst and Report Author, Bipartisan Policy Center

Julia Gelatt
Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Daniel Costa
Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute

Moderated by:

Theresa Cardinal Brown
Director of Immigration and Cross Border Policy, BPC

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