Crossing National Borders: Connecting People to Economies

A Debate Sponsored by the Reuters-Carnegie Public Policy Series



Temporary Workers in North America

Movement of People in the European Union


Full Agenda

Speakers' Bios

Goods and capital travel more or less freely across borders, so why not people?

As other types of barriers among nations continue to fall, the barriers against movement of people remain high. An intense debate has developed on the role of immigrants in fueling economic growth in industrial countries and the demands these immigrants make on social safety nets, job availability, and national identity.

Such issues were debated in "Crossing National Borders: Connecting People to Economies" on Friday, March 2 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Sponsored jointly by Carnegie Endowment and Reuters Foundation, the event featured officials and experts from Europe, the United States and Mexico who talked about the level and type of integration that foreign workers can expect to achieve in industrial countries as those economies continue to globalize.

North America
The first session was a debate among Lino Gutierrez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of State; Gustavo Mohar, Director-general of a new Mexican task force on migration which reports to Mexican President Vicente Fox; and Grover Joseph Rees, Councel, Commitee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives. Carnegie senior associate Doris Meissner, former director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service responded.

European Union
A second debate followed, on the subject of movement of people in the European Union. The two main debaters were Jorge Braga de Macedo, President, OECD Development Centre, and Hans-Ulrich Klose, Chairman of the German Budestag's Committee on Foreign Relations. Commentary was provided by Carnegie senior associate Demetrios Papademetriou, one of the world's leading experts on migration. The Moderator for both sessions was Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist.

We invite you to watch the debates online (requires RealPlayer Basic).

About the Partnership

Reuters Foundation and Carnegie Endowment are sponsoring this Public Policy Series to achieve three goals: to educate the public about the realities of the global economy and to engage audience in an interactive debate; to provide much-needed support for sound public policy initiatives; and to broaden the range of voices proposing original thinking on economic and trade policy to the world's decision-making bodies.

Our aim is to create a global forum that reaches beyond G7 core policy makers to also include emerging market and non-G7 voices. The overarching theme for the first series of three annual debates is The Human Face of Globalization.

Watch the video of the previous Retuers-Carnegie debate, Jump Starting World Trade, with Michael Moore, director-general of the World Trade Organization, held on June 16, 2000 at the London School of Economics.

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