Category Archives: Migration

Policy-Making Must Recognise the Complexities of Europe’s Migration Crisis

Europe’s migration ‘crisis’ is complex and multi-faceted, whilst policy responses to date have been simplistic and founded on assumptions about migrants’ journeys and motivations for moving, rather than on evidence. Such policy responses run the risk of making the present situation, the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War, worse. Meanwhile, negative narratives on the part of

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Greece begins to return migrants to Turkey – whilst MEDMIG project questions policy approach

The first group of migrants who arrived in Greece across the Mediterranean have been returned to Turkey today under a controversial policy adopted by the European Union. For each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU must take and resettle another Syrian from refugee camps who has made a legitimate request for asylum. However no Syrians have been included in

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Europe’s Migration Crisis? Videos and Audio Now Online

An audio recording of the latest 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum event, on ‘Europe’s Migration Crisis?‘ is now available to listen to online. The audio recording covers all of the contributions by the expert panellists, the chair and audience questions and answers. In advance of the event, the RGS-IBG Policy Team recorded interviews with two of the panellists: Professors Heaven Crawley

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The Migration ‘Balloon Effect’ and its Implications for Policy

UK Government policies aimed at reducing the flow of migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to this country are likely to have a smaller effect than intended and to adversely affect the UK’s talent pool. These are among the key findings of a recent study by Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva and Dr Cinzia Rienzo from COMPAS (the University of Oxford’s Centre on

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Professor Christina Boswell to Join ‘Europe’s Migration Crisis?’ Panel

Professor Christina Boswell will join our panel on 22nd March to discuss ‘Europe’s Migration Crisis?‘. Christina Boswell is Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), and Director of Research for the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her research examines the relationship

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UK Population Projected to Exceed 70 Million by 2039

Crowd - by James Cridland

Image: Crowd, by James Cridland Last week saw the release of two new analyses: the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) quarterly update to its annual net migration figures and projections from the Migration Observatory of the impact of migration on UK population growth. The Migration Observatory’s analysis, by Dr Alessio Cangiano, shows that more than half (51%) of the increase in

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