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The Mobile Workforce: From India to Canada

As part of the Global Skills Marketplace (GSM) workshops on September 2, 2009, The City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development (CSD) will present, The Mobile Workforce: From India to Canada.

cfsd.gifIn this presentation, CSD will build upon its recent research into skills development to provide evidence on how immigration is being used to plug skills gaps and shortages in the oilfields of Alberta and how, at the other end of the spectrum in the continent of India, policymakers and individuals are responding to this demand by training locals so that they can emigrate to Canada.

While the free movement of capital goods and services is accepted internationally as a positive phenomenon, the concept of international labour mobility remains controversial. Countries need highly skilled individuals and entrepreneurs in order to compete economically and government policies are increasingly recognising the value of migration. There are however, stark differences in how countries from around the world support and encourage migration. 

Presenting this interactive workshop will be the Right Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Employment and Immigration for the Province of Alberta, and Prof. Dr. Binod Khadria, Profesor of Economics at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in India

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