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The new global talent race

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With Trump’s America and Brexit Britain turning away talented migrants, Canada and Australia are well placed to capitalise By Jack Graham From tech gurus to top scientists, every country says it wants to attract the best brains. Highly-skilled workers are increasingly mobile, and help to stimulate innovation, enterprise, jobs and growth. But while the global competition for talent is nothing new, the contest has recently changed. Two of the leading …

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How do we persuade sceptics of the value of immigration?; overcoming the politics of pessimism

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Image thanks to Max Pixel By Philippe Legrain Openness to immigration is a good thing, as I hope you agree. But how can we persuade moderate sceptics? Presenting rational arguments and evidence is important, but often insufficient. As part of its excellent Open Future series, The Economist has published an open essay by Philippe Legrain on this topic. The first part is out today, and the subsequent parts will feature readers’ best …

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Pushing back against anti-immigrant forces; EU democracy; trade wars

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For the first time in years, anti-immigrant hardliners in the UK are on the back foot. The Windrush scandal has generated an outpouring of support for people who have contributed so much to Britain for so many years, only to be threatened with deportation by Home Office officials because they couldn’t prove their immigration status – a chilling reminder that without proper safeguards some EU citizens could suffer a similar post-Brexit fate. The new …

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OPEN briefing: migrants’ right to vote, Brexit blunders, good news on refugees

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Nativists are in the ascendant in many countries right now. Governments are responding by curtailing migrants’ rights. And whether it is Brexit Britain or Trump’s America, immigrants are often powerless to fight back. That needs to change. Giving long-term foreign residents the right to vote isn’t just a matter of human rights, it’s about bringing democracy into the 21st century, argues Iana Dreyer in a must-read new piece for OPEN. Electing the people who …

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It’s time to give migrants the vote

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By Iana Dreyer “No taxation without representation” is a basic democratic principle. Surely that should apply to long-term foreign residents too? The evidence is overwhelming: immigrants generally enrich the countries they move to, both economically and culturally. They do valuable work, start businesses, stimulate innovation, create jobs, pay taxes and boost economic growth – all of which benefits local residents. Why, then, are politicians often so hostile to them? One …

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Who said populism had peaked? Plus Global Compact, steel tariffs & more

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Following the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory in 2016, many feared that a populist wave would sweep through Europe. But with the decisive victory of Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election last year, anxiety quickly morphed into complacency. Yet France came perilously close to a presidential run-off between far-right and far-left anti-EU populists. Austria’s election was won by a conservative party that has adopted much of …

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Two cheers for the Global Compact

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By Rebekah Smith The draft Global Compact on Migration is surprisingly ambitious – but will it be implemented? The Trump administration withdrew the United States from the talks last December. Hungary’s authoritarian nationalist government threatened to pull out too. But the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) is going forward without the US – and its current draft is a surprisingly progressive document. The international community now has an unprecedented opportunity …

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Weekly report featuring Dayton, Jersey, Italy and refugees

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  America’s Rust Belt. Old industrial towns in the north of England. France’s northern Hauts de France region. Eastern Germany. The places that have suffered from industrial decline in recent decades often focus their anger on immigrants. But what if newcomers could actually help regenerate such areas? After its economy suffered and its population slumped, the city of Dayton, Ohio has put that theory to the test. Its innovative “Welcome …

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How immigrants can revitalise depressed communities

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By Jack Graham The backlash against immigration is often strongest in economically depressed areas. Yet they have plenty to gain from welcoming immigrants, as Dayton, Ohio shows Post-industrial areas like America’s Rust Belt have, for many, become a powerful symbol of those who have lost out from globalisation. The decline of old industries, long-term unemployment and economic stagnation have generated an extreme political backlash. The number one target: immigration. But …

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The threats to migrants’ right to stay

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Plus: France’s asylum reforms The 3 million EU citizens who have made their lives in the UK are understandably concerned about their post-Brexit residency rights, as are the 1 million or so UK citizens who have settled in the EU. While there is a broad political consensus that they should be able to stay and the prospect of legal certainty in the UK’s EU exit agreement, the uncertainty is still deeply unsettling. So …

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Notre rapport sur l’intégration des réfugiés cité par Reuters

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Selon une enquête dédiée d’Eurostat de 2014, 58,4% des personnes ayant obtenu l’asile en France y travaillent. Cette part augmente à 64,5% pour les réfugiés y résidant depuis 10 ans ou plus, souligne Philippe Legrain, chercheur associé à la London School of Economics et fondateur de l’institut de réflexion Open. En 2016, le taux d’emploi global des populations immigrées dans l’OCDE était de 67,4%, contre 55,3% en France, dans le …

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‘Refugees Work’ quoted in Open Democracy

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First, they should make greater efforts to achieve CRRF’s Goal 2, “Building refugees’ self-reliance.” The Open Political Economy Network, in collaboration with the Tent Foundation, has laid out a number of ways to accomplish this in a new report, Refugees Work. They call for creating efficient, fair asylum systems to process applications, allowing asylum seekers with substantial claims to work immediately, and investing in language and skills training. Key to establishing these …

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How to help refugees get into work fast

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What kind of support do refugees really need to get jobs? Philippe Legrain outlines his new 22-country study for the Tent Foundation and OPEN on what works best to help refugees find employment quickly, thus bringing dividends to local economies. Read the full piece for Refugees Deeply here Photo: AFP PHOTO/STEFFI LOOS

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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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Step Up: How to get refugees into work quickly

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OPEN’s new report, published with the Tent Foundation, sets out how best to get refugees and asylum seekers into work quickly, with a focus on entry-level jobs.  Governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and businesses provide many different schemes to help refugees get jobs, often without knowing how effective they are. However, there is plenty that they can learn from what works well elsewhere. From research, analysis and evidence from 22 advanced …

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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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