From May 30 to June 2, FGV’s Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) participated in a congress held by the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), in Aix en Provence, France. Researcher Wagner Oliveira represented DAPP and presented his work titled “Analysis and Evaluation of Brazilian Work-led Immigration Policy: Guidelines for Institutional Development in the 21st Century”. The paper provides a summary of the research conducted by DAPP to identify the institutional barriers in attracting skilled immigrants to Brazil, in addition to proposing recommendations to turn migration policy into a strategic driver of economic and technological development.
The multidisciplinary study included data analysis, comparative policy analysis, focus groups and interviews, as well as an analysis of the legal system and mapping of operational processes. Each survey’s findings were used to devise a set of recommendations for new mechanisms and political adjustments, which were partially implemented by the Brazilian government through an executive order (No. 8757 / 2016). Recommendations ranged from structural changes (integrating information and responsibilities between government agencies) to legal amendments (i.e. creating specific visas for migrants looking to start new and innovative companies.)
With the main theme “Managing Migrations, Integration and Poverty: A Global Challenge for Governance and Public Administration,” the 2017 IIAS Congress gathered professionals, scholars, students and young researchers from the field of public administration and related areas to discuss initiatives addressing the refugee crisis, poverty, and the social and economic aspects of migration, among others.
“The 2017 IIAS Congress was a unique opportunity to share experiences on migration management around the world. The interaction between administrators and scholars resulted in a high-level and productive debate, revealing potential practical applications across a range of scenarios”, said researcher Wagner Oliveira.