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Immigrants can unlock productivity growth

History of French protestants to American H1B visa holders shows they can help boost the host country's output, provided they have a good match for its needs

Some European countries baulk at attempts to establish a refugee quota system, but they could benefit from a more intelligent distribution scheme that would sort people by skill or desire to acquire one. Building such a skill-matching system should be a priority for Europe and the US.


IMMIGRATION has been making economies demonstrably more productive ever since there have been accurate output statistics. It's not a straightforward effect, however: The immigrants need to be well-suited to the needs of the receiving country's labour market.

In 1685, Louis...

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