Sunday 18 November 2018

Immigration has brought great benefits for business

'Migrant workers are arguably more important for multinationals than any other sector of the economy, and there can be little doubt that if the labour market was less open, inflows of foreign direct investment would have been lower in recent decades' (stock photo)
'Migrant workers are arguably more important for multinationals than any other sector of the economy, and there can be little doubt that if the labour market was less open, inflows of foreign direct investment would have been lower in recent decades' (stock photo)
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

The "global war for talent" and similar descriptions are the stuff of management literature cliché. But there is no doubt that having a big talent pool to fish in is important for employers.

It is particularly important for employers who service a diverse range of customers and clients internationally.

As corporate Ireland has become ever more globalised, it has sucked in talent from even the most distant parts of the planet with little historical connection to this island - the fastest growing non-Irish community in the country in the half-decade to Census 2016 was from Laos.

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