Comprehensive migration policy learning for improving competitiveness


Comprehensive migration policy learning for improving competitiveness

Daniel Hinšt, Vice President of the Centre for Public Policy and Economic Analysis (CEA), participated at the 3rd international scientific conference STATE (IN)STABILITY organized by Libertas International University.

Abstract – Comprehensive migration policy learning for improving competitiveness

Countries with the best rankings in economic freedom, liberal democracy, and competitiveness have been systematically working on improving many factors that improve their living standards. In general, migrants and talented individuals are more welcome in open societies with a tolerant mindset and where people are encouraged to work on their self-improvement. This is directly associated with high levels of individual freedom, social trust, civic virtues, and transparency. Such societies provide incentives and rewards for hard work, recognize research and intellectual efforts, and create many job opportunities. A professional approach toward policy and management generally happens in developed western countries that share the same geopolitical orientation and economic integration. In this context, inclusive political and economic institutions encourage prosperity. Moreover, many of the best-ranked countries have predominant or at least relative Protestant backgrounds. Countries in Southeastern Europe significantly deviate from such practices, which results in poor opportunities for retaining and attracting talented migrants. Many Croats and people from SEE decided to stay in English- and German-speaking countries where they once migrated. Furthermore, many Germans had no clear incentives to come back to SEE after World War II, although their heritage highly contributed to overall development in parts of that region until a little over a hundred years ago. On the other hand, German-speaking countries have become highly open to migrants from SEE. Much higher living standards in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are the result of their high performances in global rankings. Therefore, the main question is how to develop comprehensive migration policy solutions focused on civic education, critical thinking, and policy transfer. The objective is to create better conditions for retaining and attracting talented individuals by learning policies and applying good practices from competitive countries. Such an approach can create new market and development opportunities for policy consulting businesses, think tanks, institutes, academics, and policymakers.

Key words: migrations, institutions, civic education, public policy, critical thinking, competitiveness, talents


Daniel Hinšt completed the Advanced Master of European Studies, supported by Denmark, and graduated in Political Science, with specialization in public policy and public management, international relations, and diplomacy, at the University of Zagreb. His master thesis explains the policy benefits of the Danish Flexicurity Model for labor market reforms within the EU. After the formal education, he received several online course certificates, including in Risk Management, digital marketing, and public policy.

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