Immigration in the twenty-first century a personnel selection approach

Lawrence Brunner, Stephen M. Colarelli

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The US needs to adopt an immigration policy that meets the changing demands of the twenty-first century global scenario. The key feature of a selection approach to immigration is that immigration officials admit immigrants based on characteristics empirically linked to success in outcomes a nation desires. One approach is to assign points to demographic characteristics that predict desired outcomes. Both Canada and Australia use such a system, which is easy to administer. It also has the advantage of appearing reasonable to most people. Although applicants may lie on demographic questionnaires, their information can usually be verified. Once the selection criteria are established, several factors must be considered. The first is how to set the admit score. The system can use either a compensatory or multiple-hurdle approach since there are multiple admissions criteria. A higher-point value in one area makes up for a lower point value elsewhere with a compensatory approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-413
Number of pages25
JournalIndependent Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2010


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