Follow Philippe Legrain on Twitter Follow Philippe Legrain on YouTube Follow Philippe Legrain on Facebook Email me
  • European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right

    Britain and the rest of Europe are in a mess. Our economies are failing to deliver higher living standards for most people – and many have lost faith in politicians’ ability to deliver a brighter future, with support for parties like UKIP soaring. Are stagnation, decline and disillusionment inevitable?

    European Spring Front cover banner
  • Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis — out now

    The financial crisis brought the world to the brink of economic breakdown. But now bankers’ bonuses are back, house prices are rising again and politicians promise recovery – all this while unemployment remains high, debts mount, frictions with China grow and the planet overheats.
    Is this really sustainable – or do we need to change course?

  • Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

    Immigration divides our globalising world like no other issue. We are being swamped by bogus asylum-seekers and infiltrated by terrorists, our jobs stolen, our benefit system abused, our way of life destroyed – or so we are told. Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in Europe, North America and Australasia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying?

    Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

After two years of hard work, my new think-tank, Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), has finally launched today with a ground-breaking new study by me on how refugees can contribute to the economy. The report is co-published with Hamdi Ulukaya’s Tent Foundation, whose mission is to help forcibly displaced people. A key finding, based on IMF figures, is that investing one euro in welcoming refugees can boost the economy by nearly two euros within five years.

“This is a truly excellent report which should be read by anyone wishing to be informed on the subject, and particularly by policymakers,” said Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for International Migration and Development.

Please check out OPEN’s new website, , where you can download the report at and join OPEN’s mailing list. Follow OPEN on Twitter at@open2progress, join our Facebook group, and watch our fundraising video on Indiegogo’s at  All the money raised will help to pay for a campaigns, social media and events organiser to publicise this study and OPEN’s future work.

Posted 20 May 2016 in Blog, Immigration, OPEN, Refugees

I spoke about Brexit at an Institute of Directors (IOD) Ireland breakfast event at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin on 19 May.

Colm Kelpie covered it for the Irish Independent here and I’m also quoted in another piece here

My remarks were also covered in the Irish Times here and in Business Plus here

My latest column for Project Syndicate

Posted 16 May 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate

My latest for CapX

Posted 27 Apr 2016 in Blog, Brexit

My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 26 Apr 2016 in Blog, Competition policy, Europe, Google

My latest for CapX

Posted 19 Apr 2016 in Blog, Brexit, CapX

and it is both disingenuous and wrong-headed of Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers to argue that if only Britain left the EU, the government would be free to pursue a failed 1970s-style industrial policy to prop up unprofitable businesses such as Tata Steel’s.

My article for CapX

Posted 05 Apr 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Trade

I was interviewed by Aron Kuthi of Magyar Nemzet, a Hungarian newspaper. Since I don’t read Hungarian and the article isn’t online, I can’t be sure what it says!

Posted 01 Apr 2016 in Uncategorized

a02On 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 to Guy Dermul and Ditte Van Brempt for organising it.

Posted 01 Apr 2016 in Blog, Immigration

In CapX

Posted 21 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, CapX

My column for Brussels Times

Posted 04 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Brussels Times

My column for CapX

Posted 03 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe

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.

Posted 01 Feb 2016 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, The Independent

My column for CapX

Posted 29 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, CapX, Europe

The EU needs to create safe, legal, orderly channels for refugees to reach Europe, not an EU border force. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 14 Jan 2016 in Blog, Europe, Immigration, terrorism

My column for CapX

Posted 07 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe

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 growth.”

Read the full article here

Posted 29 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Financial Times, Immigration

My interview on Europe’s refugee crisis with Futuri magazine.

Posted 27 Dec 2015 in Blog, Europe, Futuri, Immigration, Italy

I contributed to this Freakonomics Radio episode. Listen here

Posted 17 Dec 2015 in Blog, Freakonomics Radio, Immigration

One consequence of the Paris attacks is that Britain’s renegotiation of its EU membership has been delayed. With the risks of Brexit rising by the day, David Cameron’s priority should be to complete the renegotiation as quickly as possible, declare victory, and start campaigning vigorously on the broader reasons why Britain should stay in the EU. My column for Project Syndicate

Posted 15 Dec 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Politics