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Borders beyond control? NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 8 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 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 14 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 8 Months, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 56 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 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 10 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, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 53 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, 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 36 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, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 41 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, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 1 Minute 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, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 13 Minutes 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, 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 46 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, 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 17 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 1 Year, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 37 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 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 27 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, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 29 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, 6 Months, 1 Week, 11 Hours, 4 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...
Greece is the new Islam NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Leading up to national elections in the Netherlands, which took place on 12 September, I have been closely following the debates between party leaders . The most striking observation I made is the near-total absence of the issues of immigration and I...
Europeans looking for greener pastures in Africa NEW
Hein de Haas 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Who could have thought this just a few years ago? With the economic crisis hitting many countries hard, and unemployment soaring, Europeans have started emigrating again in large numbers. While the Portuguese move to France and Brazil, Greeks explore...
Migration… it’s the economy, stupid! NEW
Hein de Haas 3 Years, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Politicians like to talk about migration in water metaphors. Migrants always seem to come in flows, waves or tides. They also like to give voters the image that they are “in control” of immigration; indeed, that immigration is a flow that can be...
The Arab Spring and Migration NEW
Hein de Haas 3 Years, 1 Week, 13 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Last Tuesday, I attended a workshop hosted by the Refugees Studies Centre and the International Migration Institute of the University of Oxford on the consequences of the ‘Arab Spring’ on human mobility and forced migration in North Africa and th...
The only way to reduce immigration is to wreck the economy NEW
Hein de Haas 3 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
There is increasing evidence that migration from Mexico to the United States is declining fast, and that, in fact, quite some migrants are returning. Politicians are usually quick to claim that such decreases are the result of border controls, the er...