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This is a joint post with Catherine An.

The US Congress is just getting started on a nasty immigration reform battle. And the outcome matters enormously—for developing countries and for the United States.

We thought you might have some questions for experts on migration and development that need thoughtful answers. But only in 140 characters or less!

We’ve lined up experts to answer those nagging questions for you in an #immigrationchat on Twitter. (Did Congress get its guest worker formula right? Why does Michael Clemens get annoyed every time Beth uses the phrase guest workers? Won’t this hurt the US economy? What about brain drain in developing countries? Why does Michael get even more annoyed every time he hears the phrase brain drain?)

Details on #ImmigrationChat:

Please join us on Twitter

Thursday, April 25, 2013

10 am – 11 am EST

Use and follow: #immigrationchat

Questions, comments, and concerns should be directed to the @CGDev account – which we’ll use to moderate the discussion.

Fielding questions and comments:

Michael Clemens (@m_clem) is an economist and leads the Migration and Development Initiative at the Center for Global Development. He recently released a brief about the economic impact of low-skilled temporary visas on the American economy. He’s also been quoted the Washington Post, Slate, and the Economist recently about visas and immigration.

Madeleine Sumption (@M_Sumption) is senior policy analyst and assistant director of research at the Migration Policy Institute. Her work focuses on labor migration and the role of immigrations in the labor market; she’s recently published work on legal immigration policies for low skilled labor, the economic value of citizenship for immigrants, and policy recommendations for employment-based immigration.

I expect other surprise experts pop in and out of the conversation (and if you’re an expert and you want to participate, please be sure to contact Catherine An).

Looking forward to a lively conversation. Hope you’ll be able to join us!

 

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