The temporary movement of people for work has gained increasing attention from policymakers in recent years and a key aspect of the debate is focused on the trade negotiations that cover the movement of people - GATS Mode 4. Much of the attention on GATS Mode 4 results from the potential of the negotiations rather than their concrete achievements. It is expected that a liberalisation of labour migration could provide global welfare benefits of $300bn, dwarfing aid or FDI.
This Briefing reviews the progress of GATS Mode 4 and looks at its advantages and disadvantages. It summarises some of the arguments in the field and highlights recent work carried out by researchers at the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty at the University of Sussex.
Sussex, UK, DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, 4 pp.