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Economic benefits of immigration and population diversity

From 11–13 April Motu and the University of Waikato’s National Institute of Demographic and Economic Research (NIDEA) co-hosted a workshop on the economic benefits of immigration and population diversity. The diversity workshop saw international and New Zealand researchers and analysts meet to discuss scientific research addressing a range of important empirical, analytical, and policy questions. The workshop was highly successful, with interesting and high-quality work presented in a collegial atmosphere. Abstracts and presentations from the workshop are now available from NIDEA.

Motu participants included Senior Fellow Dave Maré, Fellow Isabelle Sin, and Director Howard Fancy. Dave presented work on immigrant segregation in Auckland. Motu Senior Associates John Gibson and Steve Stillman also presented, on scientific mobility and knowledge networks in high emigration countries and on immigrants’ relative educational achievement respectively. Motu Affiliate Jacques Poot chaired the hosting committee and leads the NIDEA project that led to the workshop, while Motu Affiliate Sholeh Maani also presented. 

Motu is pleased to have supported this workshop, which emphasised evidence-based discussion of an important and enduring policy issue - the economic benefits of immigration and population diversity.  These issues remain part of Motu’s ongoing research programmes on labour and population economics

Further information about the workshop and a detailed agenda are now available from NIDEA.