Spurring Growth While Mitigating Risks
Panel Session
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.2

Effective immigration policies are increasingly a priority for international businesses, as they wish to deploy talent to invest, innovate, manufacture, sell, and service on a global basis. But immigration presents many complex societal issues, and while various economies may adopt best practices, no one size fits all. How important are sound immigration policies in maintaining economic competitiveness? Which are the key priorities that MNCs would like to adopt in order to improve the global business environment?

Alexey Bobrovsky , Head of the Economic Programme, Russia 24 TV Channel

Timothy J. Colton , Chair, Department of Government, Harvard University
Yaroslav Kuzminov , Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics
David Owen , Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte CIS
Maxim Topilin , Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
Andrei Fursenko , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Frank Schauff , Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses


Key moments

“The politics of immigration is to some extent about cultural differences and adjustment… it’s also about economics and labour markets.”
Timothy J. Colton
“On the one hand, we should think about a differentiated policy with respect to highly qualified personnel and, on the other hand, we should also consider protecting low-skilled migrant workers.”
Maxim Topilin
“I am absolutely sure that everything can be settled by 2016 if the business community writes up labor contract prescriptions that can be put into the relevant Russian legislation.”
Maxim Topilin