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How much do we really learn from history? NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
"German Jews Pouring into This Country". This is what the The Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, had to say about German Jews seeking refuge from Nazi brutality in 1938. The article quotes a magistrate stating that "The way stateless Jews from...
Expats NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 3 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Of course 'expats' are just emigrants. They only don't like to be called that way. These days, in Western Europe, the term 'migrant' is more and more associated to supposedly low-skilled people from less wealthy countries, who often have a darker ski...
Will a 'Brexit' curb immigration? NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Leaders of anti-immigration parties such as Nigel Farage of the UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) and Geert Wilders' of the Dutch Freedom Party have often stated that getting out of the EU is the only way to curb immigration. At first sight, t...
The myth of invasion NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Months, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Many people believe that migration is at an all-time high and accelerating fast. Images of people crossing the Mediterranean in ramshackle boats and rising political panic about immigration all contribute to the image that migration is rising rapidly...
Let their people drown: How EU politicians have become tragic actors in a self-inflicted migration drama NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Months, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
In recent months, a record number of refugees and migrants have drowned in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to recent UN estimates, in 2014 almost 220,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean, and at least over 3,500 died d...
Borders beyond control? NEW
Hein de Haas 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
In my previous blogpost, I argued that politicians are often busy with feigning immigration control while in reality they often can or want to do little about it. Does that mean that borders are beyond control, as Jagdish Bhagwati famously argue...
Feigning immigration control NEW
Hein de Haas 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The current attempts by UK politicians to outbid each other in being 'tough' on immigration reminds me of the comment by the well-known migration researcher Douglas Massey and his co-authors that politicians increasingly have turned to symbolic measu...
Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts NEW
Hein de Haas 11 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Migration is a hotly debated but poorly understood issue. Much conventional thinking about migration is based on myths rather than facts. Migration policies often fail because they are based on those same myths. It is therefore time that we learn...
Visas reduce immigration ... and return! NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The effectiveness of immigration policies is highly contested. While politicians often claim that visas and border controls are necessary to prevent uncontrolled immigration, many researchers argue that immigration restrictions fail to stop migration...
Dutch racism NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 14 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Geert Wilders, the popular leader of the Dutch PVV (Freedom) Party, is well known for his anti-Islam and anti-immigrant viewpoints. Dutch Moroccans are his favourite target, who are systematically put down by Wilders as criminal, extremist, terrori...
In Rotterdam we speak Dutch NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 24 Minutes ago
Tomorrow, the Dutch will vote in municipal elections. In Rotterdam, the VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy), the right-wing liberal party of Prime Minister Rutte, is campaigning with an election poster featuring the text In Rotterdam we sp...
What drives human migration? NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 20 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Why do people migrate? This is a simple and a difficult question. On the one hand, it seems reasonable to assume that most people migrate hoping to find better conditions or opportunities elsewhere, such as jobs, higher wages, safety or freedom of ex...
Lampedusa: Only the dead can stay NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 49 Minutes ago
While the hundreds of people who died off the coast of Lampedusa are granted post mortem Italian citizenship, public prosecutors are planning to charge the survivors with ‘illegal migration’. In an excellent article published in El P...
Smuggling is a reaction to border controls, not the cause of migration NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The disaster of the sinking of a boat on 3 October off the coast of Lampedusa, which cost the life to hundreds of refugees and migrants, has already led to calls for a 'smuggling crackdown' among governments and international organisations. Over the...
Migrant rights: The pot calling the kettle black NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 12 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
In my previous blogpost, I expressed skepticism on the question whether the upcoming High Level Dialogue (HLD) on Migration and Development will yield any concrete result, mainly because governments of wealthy countries are unwilling to pro...
More of the Same? High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development NEW
Hein de Haas 1 Year, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
On 3 and 4 October, the General Assembly of the United Nations will hold the High-Level Dialogue (HLD) on Migration and Development. This is the second HLD after the first meeting in 2006. The HLD aims to bring together governments, international org...
Decline in UK immigration is exaggerated and signals broader crisis NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Last month, the British government celebrated the news that net migration to the UK has fallen by a third, according to data released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). Net migration was estimated at 153,000 people in the year...
How voluntary is voluntary migration? NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Governments and international organizations often stress how voluntary the return of involuntary migrants is. This begs an important question: what is voluntary? If you are an undocumented migrant from sub-Sahara Africa living in Morocco or in Libya,...
IOM's dubious mission in Morocco NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 15 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
This week, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) launched an appeal to raise 620,000 euros to "help desperate African migrants, including unaccompanied children, return home from Morocco". The money would be used to fly migrants bac...
Greece: The Syrian migration invasion NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Last Monday, Greek authorities announced that Greece should fortify itself against a massive wave of illegal migrants from Syria. "A migration wave is starting to show, it has not yet reached Greece in large numbers, currently it is heading to Turkey...