Lessons from India on Migration’s Role in Trade Policy

The prime minister of Australia, Mr. Turnbull, hinted cautiously that an impending free business deal between India and Australia is not a significant step for his administration. This reality was made known after the previous administration had set a target for ending the free business deal between both nations by the terminal window of 2015. That was viewed as a positive determination that probably disrupted the potential of business in Australia to move forward beyond its present capacity. There seem to be two main hindering factors to this situation. The administration in Australia desires more access to agricultural techniques for its farmers as they venture into the market in India which is by some standards protected, while in return the administration in India also looks to solidify any opportunities it can lay its hands on in Australia for its citizens to find jobs. The struggle on the decision of agriculture and protection for business is not rare. Reaching a compromise on both sides during discussions is views as a plus for both sides. No matter what the ultimate effects of the agreements are for the economy and the indications point to somewhat of an ineffective deal, the tussle for power is balanced. Immigration is a harder subject. Humans are not goods and trade. The employment front is a more intricate network of employees and employers, and unlike products and services, employees can speak their minds. Also, immigration has no culture establishes within the business of the government as opposed to trading deals and goods. The common outcomes are not as healthy, and they are anchored to political movements. A prime example is the devastating public discussion that was held between China and Australia recently on the issue of a free business deal. It did not end well. So, what is the desire of the government of India in its bid to enact a free business deal with the government of Australia? The discussion is similar to what can be achieved from the debates Australia held with China. “Take away the public display of job prerequisites for Indian citizens currently on 457 permits. Also take away the necessary talent vetting for a particular region of business jobs.” It is most likely that the government in India would also make more demands. The country of India views immigration as a top level priority as the export of Indian workers is greater than the export of Chinese workers.    

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