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Posted 28 Oct 2017 in Blog, Immigration, Open Democracy
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“It’s a pity that Theresa May has a chance to re-think immigration policy and she is falling back on a tried and tested failure,” I said, on Theresa May’s decision to keep the UK’s absurd net migration target, which she repeatedly missed during her six years as Home Secretary. Read the piece here. Tweet

Posted 21 Apr 2017 in Blog, Britain, City AM, Immigration
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I have evidence to the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs committee on what a post-Brexit immigration system should look like. Watch it here. My testimony was quoted in The Sun and the Express. The BBC posted a clip of me explaining why immigration tends to boost GDP per capita. Tweet

Posted 23 Feb 2017 in BBC Online, Blog, Brexit, Britain, Immigration
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Refugees are a tiny proportion of the U.S. population — some 3.3 million have been admitted since 1975 — but they have had an outsized impact. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was a child refugee from the Soviet Union; Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is now America’s second-most valuable firm, with a market capitalization of $553 billion. […]

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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 22 Nov 2016 in Blog, Britain, CapX, Immigration
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Conservative Brexiteers – who campaigned for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union – continue to blather about building an open, outward-looking, free-trading Britain. But the UK is in fact turning inward. Prime Minister Theresa May, who styles herself as the UK’s answer to Angela Merkel, is turning out to have more […]

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More topical than ever, my debate with Ed West for Bright Blue’s magazine, Centre Write. Tweet

Posted 01 Jul 2016 in Blog, Bright Blue, Britain, Immigration
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My latest column for Brussels Times is here. Tweet

Posted 08 Jun 2016 in Blog, Brussels Times, Immigration
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In CityAM Mark Sands quoted me in a piece on the impact of migrants on housing and public services on 1 June. Fellow economist Philippe Legrain, who supports liberal migration rules, slammed Fox’s comments. “This is more than dog whistle politics, it’s just demonising migrants for the failings of the British economy and the British […]

Posted 01 Jun 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Immigration
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Our open societies are under attack from the likes of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Viktor Orban, who want to pull up the drawbridge, stamp on difference and try to turn the clock to an idealised past. That’s why I’ve founded Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), a campaigning international think-tank, to defend and advance open […]

Posted 20 May 2016 in Blog, Immigration, OPEN, Refugees
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On 1 April I chaired a conference of students around Europe on the refugee crisis, immigration and open borders near Subotica in Serbia, just by the barbed-wire fence that Hungary has erected to keep out refugees. The conference was used to prepare an exhibition at the Bozar museum in Brussels. It was a fantastic experience. Thanks […]

Posted 01 Apr 2016 in Blog, Immigration
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In an excellent piece on why Britain ought to accept more refugees, Jonathan Portes writes: As Philippe Legrain from LSE’s European Institute points out in his forthcoming paper on this topic, welcoming refugees is not only a humanitarian and legal obligation: it is an investment that can yield substantial economic dividends. Tweet

Posted 01 Feb 2016 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, The Independent
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The EU needs to create safe, legal, orderly channels for refugees to reach Europe, not an EU border force. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 14 Jan 2016 in Blog, Europe, Immigration, terrorism
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Philippe Legrain, senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, said: “Welcoming refugees is an investment that can pay dividends as soon as they start working. With demand [in the eurozone economy] depressed, additional spending on refugees acts like a small fiscal stimulus. Looking forward, refugees boost the labour supply, and hence […]

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Financial Times, Immigration
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My interview on Europe’s refugee crisis with Futuri magazine. Tweet

Posted 27 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Futuri, Immigration, Italy
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I contributed to this Freakonomics Radio episode. Listen here Tweet

Posted 17 Dec 2015 in Blog, Freakonomics Radio, Immigration
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The horrific Paris attacks are shocking and deeply saddening. And when people’s security is threatened, governments sometimes need to curtail our freedom. But the measures taken ought to be targeted, proportionate and effective. Reimposing border controls (which would not have prevented the Paris attacks) and turning away refugees, many of whom are fleeing Islamic State […]

Posted 17 Nov 2015 in Blog, Europe, Foreign Policy, Immigration, terrorism
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My latest column for Project Syndicate on how the eurozone and refugee crises are causing Europe to disintegrate, with the chances that Britain will vote to leave the EU rising. Tweet

Posted 19 Oct 2015 in Blog, Britain, euro, Europe, Immigration
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My column for Brussels Times Tweet

Posted 14 Oct 2015 in Blog, Brussels Times, Europe, Immigration
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My solution proposal to be presented at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel on 13 October Tweet