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Immigration and the Global Talent Search

Mark Marich

Is the U.S. losing the global race for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent? It depends who you ask, but the question is the main focal point of the latest program from America Abroad Media entitled ‘Immigration and the Global Talent Search’—part of a four-part series on American entrepreneurship in a global economy.

While the U.S. Congress carries out a fairly high-profile dialogue on immigration reform, a growing number of countries are looking to attract and retain high-skilled immigrant entrepreneurs. The broadcast features a look at:

  • America’s immigrant entrepreneurs: Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology argues that the U.S. is doing just fine and that “more entrepreneurship around the world is a good thing.”
  • Immigration reform and entrepreneurship: Robert Litan of Bloomberg Government and Vivek Wadhwa of Singularity University talk about why Congress is debating immigration reform and whether it will help.
  • The economics of entrepreneurship: While conditions for starting a business have improved in many parts of the world, the rate of new business creation in the United States has plateaued. Financial Times columnist Edward Luce and MIT professor Thomas Kochan talk about why entrepreneurship is key to remaining economically competitive.
  • India’s reverse brain drain: India sends a higher number of immigrant entrepreneurs to the United States than many other countries. But, as India's economy grows, will more Indians choose to start their businesses at home?
  • Attracting global talent to Ireland and Chile: Enterprise Ireland and Start-Up Chile are two government programs that get a lot of attention for trying to infuse entrepreneurial talent into their national economies. But should they?

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