WASHINGTON D.C.—Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published the paper Federalism in Immigration: The Cases of Canada and Australia.

“Australia and Canada have largely focused their immigration policy on providing permanent resident visas to economic migrants with desirable skills to the nations’ workforce while also giving states, territories, and provinces a crucial role in sponsorship,” said Elliott Raia, federal policy analyst with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “As America debates immigration broadly, understanding how other advanced nations have addressed immigration can provide helpful schemes for potential solutions.”

Key Points:

  • The Australian and Canadian immigration systems are highly reliant on a skill-based immigration system. As such, the countries are able to define and reach national economic goals for foreign labor.
  • The Australian and Canadian systems have active state, territory, or provincial programs that take advantage of local labor knowledge to employ immigrant labor more efficiently.
  • American immigration was not always exclusively handled by the federal government.
  • By applying state-based approaches, similar to the ones used by Canada and Australia, the United States can take advantage of economic benefits and re-enshrine the principles of federalism.

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