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France

Integrating into the Global Economy

Despite labor policies that are difficult for employers, France’s membership in the EU and access to 500 million residents as well as good rules on hiring high-skilled foreign nationals (including the EU Blue Card), transferring employees and permanent residence make the country’s immigration policies “moderate to mostly favorable” to economic growth.

Score Breakdown: France vs. United States

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.