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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
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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.

Posted 01 Feb 2016 in Blog
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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

Posted 14 Jan 2016 in Blog
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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
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My interview on Europe’s refugee crisis with Futuri magazine.

Posted 27 Dec 2015 in Blog
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I contributed to this Freakonomics Radio episode. Listen here

Posted 17 Dec 2015 in Blog
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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
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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.

Posted 19 Oct 2015 in Blog
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My column for Brussels Times

Posted 14 Oct 2015 in Blog
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My solution proposal to be presented at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel on 13 October

Posted 09 Oct 2015 in Blog
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My piece for City AM

Posted 07 Oct 2015 in Blog
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D’un point de vue économique, les chiffres récents de l’immigration constituent une excellente nouvelle. Mais d’un point de vue politique, ils sont plus problématiques. On ne peut pas dire que le gouvernement fasse preuve de sagesse, lorsqu’il promet de réduire de plusieurs dizaines de milliers un chiffre qui, en grande partie, ne dépend pas de […]

Posted 18 Sep 2015 in Blog
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“The EU works reasonably well when sharing collective gains (from trade, for instance),” Philippe Legrain, a former European Commission adviser, wrote this week for Foreign Policy. “But it is hopeless at sharing out costs, whether the real ones of the financial crisis or the perceived ones of the refugee crisis. “Seven long years of economic […]

Posted 18 Sep 2015 in Blog
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Germany and other EU countries should provide safe passage to refugees, not reimpose border controls. My column for Foreign Policy

Posted 17 Sep 2015 in Blog