Worldwide Immigration Trends Report
Fragomen’s Worldwide Immigration Trends Report tracks the changes surrounding the key drivers and themes of immigration policy by analyzing several key evolving political, economic and cultural factors. Each edition covers key insights surrounding the evolving immigration policy landscape, including short-and long-term implications for the mobility of employees and their employers.
While the pandemic triggered brain drain, skills shortages and an increased demand for highly-skilled workers (especially in technology roles), the effects of the war in Ukraine have become a factor of travelers’ and employers’ decision making in international assignments. In addition to health and safety concerns, now, national security and political stability in destination countries play a pivotal role in influencing travel decisions. Sparked by these disruptions, the economic downturn became a major factor in many assignment and mobility decisions as prices of travel and living abroad soared in many aspects. We are also seeing a cross-section of multiple employment- and mobility-related effects that are creating a hectic business environment across the world.
Sources: Gartner COVID-19 Crisis Benchmarking Against Your Peers Webinar Poll (n=421) HR leaders, 2 April 2020; 2020 Gartner Cost Cutting and Employee Experience Survey (n=4,536 employees), COVID-19; How Finance Leaders Are Responding to the Emerging Situation Webinar Poll.
The trend: Skills shortages bring relaxed immigration policy to the forefront
Growing skills and worker shortages worldwide in an already economically unstable environment has created a space for immigration policy to help relieve these issues in progressive countries. Relaxed immigration policy has taken precedence over restrictive policies over the last year to help countries recover from post-COVID economic impacts and to help resolve the (growing, in some countries) worker shortages. We project that relaxed immigration policies will continue to prevail as countries continue to struggle with high inflation, low unemployment rates, and skills shortages worldwide over the next 12-18 months.
Images adapted from 2022 Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey across more than 40,000 employers across all industry sectors in 40 countries and territories.
The trend: Post-COVID remote and hybrid work explosion
The acceptance of remote workers in the workforce has grown exponentially over the last two years. The number of jurisdictions offering remote work visas has leveled off and related immigration laws have been codified. Therefore, risks associated with more established remote work visas have been reduced for both employers and employees, potentially leading to an increase in remote visa applications over the next 12-18 months.
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