How Cross-Border Movement of Persons Facilitates Trade

The Case of Swedish Exports

The report analyses the relationship between cross-border movement of persons - primarily labour immigration - and foreign trade. The National Board of Trade shows that there is a positive correlation between cross-border movement of persons from a certain country and Swedish exports back to that country. According to the Board's estimates, the hiring of one additional migrant from a certain country is associated with a six per cent average increase of the hiring firm's export of services and a four per cent average increase in its export of goods, to that country.

The main conclusion of the report is that temporary cross-border movement of persons to Sweden can contribute to increased exports of goods and services. From a trade perspective, further efforts are required to promote this mobility.

  • Title: How Cross-Border Movement of Persons Facilitates TradeThe Case of Swedish Exports
  • Published: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Format: PDF
  • Author: National Board of Trade
  • Pages: 25
  • ISBN: 978-91-86575-91-5
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