It is widely accepted that immigration plays an important role in economic growth and prosperity. Immigration enables countries to attract skills and experience that might otherwise not be available, and also to attract investors and entrepreneurs, and thereby to raise economic growth and incomes.
This applies as much to Botswana as to other countries. Botswana's key economic challenges are diversifying the economy through the establishment of new economic activities; promoting entrepreneurship and innovation; promoting new export activities and the penetration of regional and international markets; and engaging with globalization, including the global labor market. Immigration is most often thought of in terms of its ability to relieve skills shortages, but it has a more extensive impact than this. In particular immigration can support diversification by attracting entrepreneurs who will invest in new economic activities, and who can help to develop international markets for goods and services.