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In Let Their People Come, Lant Pritchett argues that irresistible demographic forces leading to greater international labor mobility are being checked by immovable anti-immigration ideas of citizens of rich countries. He proposes breaking the deadlock through policies that support development while also being politically acceptable in those well-off nations. These include greater use of temporary worker permits; permit rationing; and protection of migrants’ fundamental human rights.
Pritchett, Lead Socio-Economist, World Bank, New Delhi and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development, discussed his new book at Center for Global Development. Michael Clemens, Research Fellow at Center for Global Development served as a discussant while Nancy Birdsall, President, moderated.