Syrian Refugees in Jordan – What are they doing to the labour market?

With enormous numbers of refugees spilling of Syria due to the ongoing conflict, there has been a great deal of discussion around the effects of this displacement, particularly on the recipient countries. Although most of this discourse has focused on Europe, Syria’s neighbours, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have taken much larger numbers of refugees, in […]

The two unions

The European Union consists of two parts: an economic union and a political union. The economic union has a single market with the same rules applying to all member states. Non-members of the EU who export to the EU must comply with those rules for their goods, but not for goods they trade outside the […]

We wholly approve of voluntary migration

No, we’re not quite thinking of the wave of migration entering Europe just at present although obviously open borders do have their attractions. Rather, we’re thinking of migrations in which people sort themselves into the sort of State that they desire. Like, for example, American “liberals” moving to Canada to find a society that they […]

It’s time to start the Brexit contingency planning

There were reports this week that civil servants are thinking about what happens if the UK votes to leave the EU (‘Brexit’) – but are not writing anything down in case they get a Freedom of Information request. Sounds more as if they are not thinking about it at all. But if the UK is […]

What on earth is Theresa May up to here?

The answer to that headline question is depressingly simple: politics. A new £1,000-a-year immigration skills levy is expected to be introduced on all firms for each skilled migrant they recruit from outside Europe, under a new crackdown ordered by the home secretary, Theresa May. There is no sense to this at all. The point about […]