What Is An Economic Immigrant?

If you've done any research about immigration, there's a good chance you've heard the term "economic immigrant." Like most of the immigration jargon out there, this might be confusing. Here's what you need to know.

What Is An Economic Immigrant?

Economic immigrants are people who leave their country of origin to move to another country where they are likely to have better work and financial prospects. They are typically skilled, and very often have educational credentials that they can use to the benefit of themselves and their new country.


Why Are Economic Immigrants In Demand?

Most countries are happy to welcome economic immigrants, because they contribute to the economy, pay taxes, raise children and may have scarce skills or fill work positions that are not easy to recruit for from the local population.

Economic immigrants are able to "hit the ground running" and rely much less on social services than other kinds of migrants. They usually arrive with money in the bank to establish themselves, and they might be inclined to open new businesses or otherwise stimulate the economy in the places that they settle.

How Do I Become an Economic Immigrant?

The process for economic immigration varies greatly by country.

Some migrants who fall into this category may be moving to the country temporarily, to complete  a contract or provide a service for a finite period of time, while others may be looking to permanently relocate.

If you have skills, are educated and have money to support yourself and your family when you arrive in a new country, then you may be eligible for this type of immigration. Use government websites and resources like this site to find countries with immigration programs that match your situation best, and when you've decided on one, start your application!