Who Are We Allowing in? Who Are We Trying to Keep out?

Who Are We Allowing in? Who Are We Trying to Keep out?

PART 7/10 OF MIGRATION 101

Given the public debate on migration today, one might assume that countries around the world have become or are becoming more restrictive on migration. Yet, these policies are not actually more restrictive; rather they reflect a global class system, says Professor of Sociology Hein de Haas.

In this episode, Hein investigates how and to what effect destination countries decide on which migrants to accept, as well as which migrants they work actively to keep out.

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Hein de Hass

Hein de Haas

Hein is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He was a founding member and director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. He is a co-author of The Age of Migration, a leading textbook in the field of migration. You can find more information and free downloads of his publications on his website. He also maintains a blog – we recommend this entry titled “Human migration: myths, hysteria and facts“.