Robots, AI, and Immigration – A Race for Talent or of Displaced Workers

Yvonne Giesing, Britta Rude

EconPol Forum 23 (5), 20-23

  • Adoption of new technologies can affect different skill groups differently, potentially increasing inequality between migrant and native populations
  • New technologies often create skill shortages
  • Industrial robots and artificial intelligence have important beneficial labor market effects on natives, but not migrants
  • We observe an increase in the immigrant inflow as a response to AI adoption
  • Policymakers should pay special attention to the migrant population when designing mitigation policies in response to automation