United Kingdom

Question Time for Immigration

Despite controversies over asylum seekers, immigration and EU membership, the U.K. maintains immigration policies that are “mostly favorable” to economic growth. That will remain the case if the U.K. stays in the EU and keeps good policies toward high-skilled foreign nationals, permanent residence, attracting foreign entrepreneurs and transferring employees into the country.

Score Breakdown: United Kingdom 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.

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