migration

Elite Return Migration and Development in India

MSc Social Policy and Development Alumnus, Aishu Balaji, explains why the return of Indian migrants back to their motherland is not having the development impact initially intended. 

In a 2015 address to Indian migrants in California, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared, “India is waiting for you”, suggesting they must seize the “opportunity to serve Mother India … whenever the opportunity comes”. […]

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    Sons of the Soil Conflict in Africa: Institutional Determinants of Ethnic Conflict over Land

Sons of the Soil Conflict in Africa: Institutional Determinants of Ethnic Conflict over Land

In her new paper, Professor Cathy Boone, examines political science literature on sons-of-the-soil (SoS) conflicts in South Asia, and explains why they fall short in the African context.

Forthcoming, World Development

Can the political science literature on sons-of-the-soil (SoS) conflict and civil war explain patterns of ethnic conflict over land in sub-Saharan Africa? Sons-of-the-soil terminology, developed with reference to conflicts in South Asia, […]

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    Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

In an article for IRIN Ruben Andersson looks at why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis and puts forward a few suggestions for more effective solutions.
Another week, another project scrawled on the back of a napkin to try to solve the refugee crisis. This time it’s ‘send in the warships’.

The panicky decision to involve NATO is not only an unprecedented […]

  • The Italian coastguard rescues two of the 156 survivors of the October 3 tragedy off Lampedusa Island.
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    Africa at LSE: Deadly Journeys and Disappointing Arrivals: the Role of Africa in Europe’s Migration “Crisis”

Africa at LSE: Deadly Journeys and Disappointing Arrivals: the Role of Africa in Europe’s Migration “Crisis”

Pamela DeLargy provides an overview of irregular migration from African countries to Europe, while exploring emerging trends of migrating Africans and the patterns revealed by the onward movement of refugees once they reach Europe.

This post is part of our series African Perspectives on Migration looking at the theme of irregular migration.

The media focus on the dramatic journeys of Syrians […]

  • Syrian Refugees Stopped at Bicske. Photo Credit: Freedom House, via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/syriafreedom/21390225535/
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    The Illegality Industry: Notes on Europe’s Dangerous Border Experiment – Ruben Andersson

The Illegality Industry: Notes on Europe’s Dangerous Border Experiment – Ruben Andersson

Ruben Andersson, postdoctoral research fellow at the LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and author of Illegality, Inc., wrote the following post for Border Criminologies, University of Oxford. In southern Spain, a razor-wire manufacturer packs coils of gleaming, sharp-bladed ‘concertina’ wire and ships it to Hungary, where it adorns a new border fence erected to halt refugees’ onward […]

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    The UK response to the plight of Syrian refugees is a national embarrassment

The UK response to the plight of Syrian refugees is a national embarrassment

Solving the migrant crisis requires Europe and the US to sign up to a global resettlement plan for 60 million people fleeing conflict and persecution. Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Professor in Practice at LSE, writes for the Independent. Europe once stood for human rights, collective action and the reconstruction of lives shattered by […]

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    What difference do remittances and migration make back home? Duncan Green selects from the Economist

What difference do remittances and migration make back home? Duncan Green selects from the Economist

Reading the Economist cover to cover is an illicit pleasure – it may be irritatingly smug and right wing, especially on anything about economic policy, but its coverage on international issues consistently goes way beyond standard news outlets. This week’s edition had everything from the changing face of Indian marriage to the spread of pedestrian and cycling schemes around the […]

  • We Are Victims (Calais Crisis) Photo credit: Jey OH photographie, via Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jey-oh/14320742956/). Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
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    Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

David Cameron recently described the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais as “totally unacceptable” and called an emergency cobra meeting. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Dr Ruben Andersson described the reaction to the current scenario in Calais as disproportionate and ineffective. Kris Gulati explains. Many hoped that the fall of the Berlin Wall would bring an end to the sorts of […]

  • Delegates at the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa. Photo: ECA
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    Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

Addis: A Good First Step, but a Terrible Last Word, for 2015

LSE Professor in Practice, Owen Barder, reflects on the recent Financing for Development Conference and what needs to come from it. This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center. The Financing for Development Conference, which drew to a close yesterday in Addis Ababa (16th July), was never going to solve all the world’s development problems. What it could […]

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    Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Originally posted on Views from the Center, and then Owen’s personal blog. Nancy Birdsall has given us her five wishes for the Financing for Development conference in July — and I agree with them all. I would say this even if she were not my boss. But all of her wishes are about how we can generate more and better financing […]