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Are there long-term benefits from immigration?

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Immigrants often initially face suspicion or hostility. That immediate emotional response colours the political debate on immigration, which tends to focus on negative perceptions about its short-run impact: that immigrants take local jobs, put pressure on public services, and so on. To make matters worse, once those fears prove misplaced and established immigrants, their children, grandchildren and other descendants change a country for the better, it tends to be forgotten that those …

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Has populism peaked?

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After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump last year, many had a sense of foreboding about the elections this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany. Xenophobic nationalists who claim to speak for “the people” (their supporters) against “liberal elites” (their opponents) had the wind in their sails. As Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front put it in her debate with Emmanuel Macron last week, “I think I’m …

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The DSM strategy at half-time

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Today, the European Commission has published its “half-time results” on the Digital Single Market project. Any exercise in self-assessment ought to be taken with a pinch of salt, and this is no exception. As expected, the Commission’s half-time report is a mixed bag of nuts. Brussels hails DSM as a success even in areas where it didn’t do enough – like audiovisuals; it calls for more action on areas where Europe …

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How immigrants boost innovation and enterprise; Macron v Le Pen

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Three in ten Nobel laureates were immigrants. That’s just one example of the vital – and often overlooked – role that migrants play in creating new ideas that make us all better off and in disseminating innovative practices through their entrepreneurial activity. Middle Eastern immigrants, many of whom were targeted by President Trump’s (suspended) travel ban, play an outsized role in US innovation, according to new research by Sami Mahroum summarised …

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How far might the backlash against openness go?

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Hi How far might the backlash against openness go? It’s often argued that in a digital age, globalisation is a technological inevitability, and thus irreversible. But in practice, even the internet can be segmented behind national walls: just look at the Great Firewall of China. The world is anything but flat. And that’s just one of the many ways in which the simplistic belief that globalisation is technologically determined is false, as …

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Why the French elections matter, plus skilled immigration

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Hi French people vote tomorrow in the first round of presidential elections that could do grave harm to Europe’s open societies – or strengthen them. With polls too close to call, four candidates stand a chance of making it into the run-off on May 7th. The far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is ostensibly open towards refugees. But despite his internationalist talk, he is essentially a nationalist, argues Natalie Nougayrède in the Guardian. He is a …

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How do we shift negative attitudes towards immigration?

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Hi OPEN’s mission is to defend and advance open liberal societies and these recent pieces particularly caught our attention. How do we shift negative attitudes towards immigration? Faced with populists who appeal to fear and hate, presenting facts can seem hopelessly technocratic. But facts can make a difference, as new research highlighted in a brilliant post by Sam Bowman makes clear. “People almost always overestimate the proportion of their country’s population that …

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Essential weekend reading

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OPEN’s mission is to defend and advance open liberal societies and these recent pieces particularly caught our attention. Reams of articles have been written this week about the letter that Theresa May sent to Donald Tusk officially notifying the EU of the UK’s intention to leave. As the two-year countdown to Brexit began, Chris Patten wrote a particularly thoughtful and perceptive piece for Project Syndicate about how Britain got here …

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Protecting competition, or competitors?
— Europe’s pursuit of Silicon Valley

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It’s getting harder to escape the suspicion that the EU is sometimes acting in the interest of European firms who struggle to compete with a new breed of rivals like Apple, Amazon and Google. President Obama has said that the recent scrutiny by the EU competition authorities of US tech firms was driven by “commercial interests”. But the suspicions of Brussels using competition policy for protectionism are hardly anything new. In …

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Want to contribute to our blog?

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OPEN aims to tap the insights of a diverse network of thinkers and experts – and our blog is a place for short, topical pieces on the subjects OPEN is working on. So please get in touch if you have something interesting to contribute. Thanks!

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Far From Being a Burden, Research Suggests Refugees Come With Benefits

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An Open Political Economy Network study released last May determined that an investment in “welcoming refugees” will nearly double in economic benefits within five years. Refugees often take “4D” jobs — dirty, difficult, dangerous or dull — that many don’t want. They start new businesses that create new jobs. The experience of being uprooted from one culture and exposed to another often sparks creativity and entrepreneurship among refugees. And they tend …

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Quoted on the trade implications of Brexit in Quartz

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OPEN founding partner Hosuk Lee-Makiyama was quoted by Quartz in an article on the trade implications of Brexit on 5 July. Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, it faces the daunting task of renegotiating a long list of trade deals as a newly independent entity: all the deals the EU already has with other countries, the ones the EU is currently negotiating, and a deal with …

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Quoted in EU Observer

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OPEN founder Philippe Legrain was quoted extensively about the economic contribution of refugees in Lisbeth Kirk’s article for EUObserver on how to integrate refugees into the economy. Philippe Legrain, a former economics adviser to the European Commission, said there were quite a few businesses being proactive and recruiting refugees, but overall they needed to do more. He has led one of the first comprehensive, international studies on how refugees can contribute …

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Euractiv on OPEN’s study: Les réfugiés, futur moteur économique des pays riches de l’UE

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Georgi Gotev wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee economics study for Euractiv on 19 May. « Les réfugiés sont souvent perçus comme un fardeau que l’on se partage ou que l’on esquive, alors qu’en réalité ils représentent une véritable opportunité qu’il faudrait accueillir », explique Philippe Legrain, fondateur d’OPEN et chercheur émérite à l’institut européen de la London School of Economics. « Avec des investissements de départ adaptés, les réfugiés qui travaillent, quelles que soient leurs …

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Quoted in The Economist

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OPEN founding partner Hosuk Lee-Makiyama was quoted in The Economist’s Charlemagne column on what pizza reveals about Italy’s economic woes on 6 June Chefs and farmers, pizza-makers included, have every right to brand their dish and set their own standards. The state must obviously ensure that food is safe. Governments have an interest, too, in guaranteeing the quality of some premium appellations—Champagne, say. But the profligate use of state-enforced GIs …

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Open Up: How to fix the flaws in the EU’s Digital Single Market

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The EU has launched a blizzard of digital initiatives recently – including a wide-ranging Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, new data-privacy rules and several antitrust cases against US tech giants – with the latest announcement due on 11 January. But what if these EU initiatives don’t add up – or would actually make matters worse? In a ground-breaking new study for OPEN, Open Up: How to fix the flaws in the EU’s Digital …

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Refugees Work: A humanitarian investment that yields economic dividends

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Investing one euro – or dollar – in welcoming refugees can yield nearly two in economic benefits within five years. That is a key finding of OPEN’s new report – to our knowledge, the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies – which is co-published with Tent, a foundation whose mission is to help forcibly displaced people. Amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, developed countries …

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