Want More or Less Migration? Here’s What to Think About.

Want More or Less Migration? Here's What to Think About.


It’s no secret that receiving countries tend to favour (and actively recruit) high-skilled over low-skilled migrants in their immigration policies. Yet, these same countries often have industries that depend on or even prefer low-skilled migrants. Can you really have both? asks University of Amsterdam’s Hein de Haas.

In this episode, Hein gets real about what we must consider before supporting further restrictions on our borders, providing examples of what could be at stake.

Recommended Reading

Why do we often like migrants but not immigration? The web-based polling firm YouGov explores in this article.

This research blog article explores the impact of restrictions to migration on the economy.

This post-US election opinion piece argues that we’ve entered a post-globalisation era, with flows of capital and people slowing. If migration is the outcome of domestic and global policies, is this really the conversation we should be having?

Development economist Michael Clemens explains why today’s migration crisis is an issue of global inequality – read or watch his analysis here.

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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” and this one on migration and climate change.