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Good sense in unlikely quarters

This time from the Canadian New Democratic Party, a left wing party aligned with the Socialist International like our own dear Labour Party.

"The federal government needs to do more to recognize the foreign credentials of immigrants who come to Canada in search of a better life, said NDP Leader Jack Layton on Sunday....The NDP will put forward a seven-step plan that will make it easier for immigrants to get their foreign degrees and designations recognized. Its plan calls for the creation of an agency for the recognition of foreign credentials, the establishment of uniform recognition practices across the country, websites to publicize accreditation processes, and more mentorship and training programs for newcomers". (Source)

I would think that recognition of degrees, professional qualifications etc would be best dealt with by bilateral agreements than by supranational bodies, although I will give the EU credit for taking on the middle class trade unions (BMA etc) and making it easier for people with professional skills to work with them elsewhere. Many, many years ago a friend of my parents moved from Germany to the UK, armed with a German opticians qualification. I think it fair to say that German exams are really quite rigorous, but back in the 70s he was never eligible to do much more than lurkin the background, rather than work at the sharp end.

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