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Immigrants’ enclaves – stepping stones or stumbling blocks for integration?

Immigrants typically do not settle evenly across the countries in which they move. Rather, they tend to cluster in particular neighborhoods. In public discourse these ethnic enclaves are often seen as an inhibitor to societal and labor market integration. Statistics … Continue reading

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Backlash against Muslim immigrants after terrorist attacks harms integration and the economy

The recent rise in the number and intensity of fundamentalist Islamic terrorist attacks occurring in several Western cities could, as it has in previous situations, inflame an aggressive socio-political atmosphere against Muslims. How does this affect the integration of Muslim … Continue reading

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Against xenophobia and national barriers – in light of the refugee crisis in Europe

European leaders have failed to devise any short-term solutions to address the underlying drivers forcing refugees to flee Africa and the Middle East, pushing some policy makers and sections of the public to press for closing borders and raising fences … Continue reading

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The right mix of migrants to meet Germany’s needs

“In past decades, Germany has made great strides with the integration of foreigners. Those achievements must be defended prudently and balanced with the country’s demographic challenges. Indiscriminately admitting all refugees from war, including often illiterate and unskilled youths, is bound … Continue reading

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The effect of linguistic proximity on immigrants’ labor market performance

With the current increase of global mobility, immigration policy has jumped to the forefront of the political agenda. Immigration can play a central role in boosting economic growth and demographic sustainability of a destination country, but it is often feared … Continue reading

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From challenge to opportunity: Europe and the refugee crisis

Up until recently, many Europeans knew images of large refugee camps and desperate families trying to cross borders only from TV screens. The unprecedented influx of refugees into Europe, the largest since World War II, have made these scenes reality … Continue reading

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Interview: Costs and benefits of emigration from West Africa

Held in Dakar, Senegal, this year’s Annual Migration Meeting (AM²) acquired a tragic topicality: The ongoing loss of lives in the Mediterranean Sea makes migration from Africa to Europe one of the most pressing policy challenges at the moment. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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