How will Covid change global immigration?
It is clear that the pandemic has reshaped the way that people live including the way people travel. With many countries in and out of lockdowns and restrictions changing from month to month, a lot of people are taking “staycations” or holidays closer to home. In some countries such as China, quarantine rules for visitors are still being enforced which is deterring tourists.
As a result of a lack of tourism and the closing of many industries during the pandemic, economies have suffered negative impacts around the world. Most countries such as Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and many others, have tried to implement immigration changes to adapt to the current climate and attract talent to boost the economy.
The spread of the virus has meant that the movement of people around the world has been more stagnant. As travel starts to increase it will be interesting to see whether there will be more movement in terms of people working abroad on fixed working visas or whether there will be an influx of people applying for remote working visas.
Similarly, will there be less requirements for sponsored work visas in the future? The UK has already introduced the Graduate route visa which is an unsponsored working route. Canada has set up a new route to permanent residency for healthcare professionals and graduates who have assisted the country during the pandemic. As economies recover and countries try to bring in and keep international talent, perhaps more places will introduce such working options and benefits.
It is predicted that the longer impacts of Covid on immigration around the world may mean that travel and migration increases more than ever. After going through multiple lockdowns, people may not take travel for granted and may seek more opportunities to do so. As many companies have found that employees can work well from home, more people may look to work remotely from other countries.
More countries are offering remote working visas to encourage long term visitors. With many being on furlough for long periods, some people have found opportunities to set up businesses and undergo entrepreneurial ventures which may allow them to work remotely anywhere in the world.
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