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What If Rich Countries Shut the Door on Immigration?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2012

They would start to look like North Korea, says an Oxford professor
image: An Italian coastguard boat carrying migrants of an undetermined nationality sails into the island port in Lampedusa, Italy, Aug. 24, 2011.

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An Italian coast-guard boat carrying migrants of an undetermined nationality heads to the island port in Lampedusa, Italy, on Aug. 24, 2011

This is a “what if” interview from the World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network. To view the rest of the series, click here.

Amid a global recession, catastrophic rates of unemployment in developed countries and a rising tide of xenophobia, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with TIME, speaks with Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin School and a professor of globalization and development at the University of Oxford, about the likelihood of anti-immigrant policies coming to the fore. Goldin warns that such policies would not only harm communities the world over, but be counterproductive.

Are we in the throes of a global backlash against immigration?
We’re seeing an increasing focus on immigration in response to the severe economic crisis, rising unemployment and falling living standards. As has happened throughout history, there’s a tendency to blame immigrants for these problems. Politically, it’s an easy option, but it’s never worked out too well as a strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

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