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Posted 21 Feb 2020 in Blog
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In Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, economist and financial journalist Philippe Legrain does a thorough job of debunking the myth that “government workers are ever really in a position to adequately assess which workers the economy needs at any given time.” First, because the market’s needs fluctuate so widely and so quickly, and second, the […]

Posted 27 Nov 2019 in Blog
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On ABC RN’s Sunday Extra with Hugh Riminton on 20 April Listen here.

Posted 20 Apr 2019 in Blog
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Despite the huge challenges they face, refugees are the most entrepreneurial migrants in Australia – and are nearly twice as likely to start a business as Australian taxpayers in general. Read my piece in the Guardian to coincide with the publication of my new study for the Centre for Policy Development and OPEN on refugee […]

Posted 11 Apr 2019 in Blog
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Photo by Joy Ekpeti I debated this with Ian Goldin at The Economist’s Open Future conference in London. Having just flown in from Sydney I was extremely jetlagged, but apart from saying the word “fundamentally” a few too many times, I hope my positive, reasoned message came across well. Watch the full day on YouTube; our […]

Posted 09 Nov 2018 in Blog
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As part of its excellent Open Future series, The Economist has published an open essay by me that asks: how do we convince sceptics of the value of immigration? The first part is out today, and the subsequent parts will be enriched by readers’ comments. So please take a look and add your ideas and […]

Posted 01 Jun 2018 in Blog
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My piece for the Evening Standard

Posted 12 May 2018 in Blog
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Britain’s immigration system isn’t fit for purpose. Its political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex. Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice. The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling that things are out of control. That’s bad […]

Posted 03 Apr 2018 in Blog
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Posted 09 Mar 2018 in Blog
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Read my piece for Open Democracy

Posted 28 Oct 2017 in Blog
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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.

Posted 21 Apr 2017 in Blog
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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.

Posted 23 Feb 2017 in Blog
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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. […]

Posted 03 Feb 2017 in Blog
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My column for CapX

Posted 22 Nov 2016 in Blog
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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 […]

Posted 11 Oct 2016 in Blog
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More topical than ever, my debate with Ed West for Bright Blue’s magazine, Centre Write.

Posted 01 Jul 2016 in Blog
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My latest column for Brussels Times is here.

Posted 08 Jun 2016 in Blog
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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
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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
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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