Is the tide turning on migration?

I'm grateful to my Dad for pointing out the article in today's Guardian by Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, calling for free movement of people.  

We live in an increasingly globalised world. Our best response is not to yield to little England, but recognise that the best way of avoiding a rush to the bottom is to fully embrace Europe; and that means accepting the free movement of labour as well as capital and goods.

This is a progressive and economically literate position; and it is a pleasant surprise to hear it put so clearly by a senior union figure.

Lant Pritchett, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, has just published a new book, Let Their People Come. He proposes changes to migration policies in rich countries which are intended to support development while also being politically acceptable.  But if the politics are moving towards greater acceptance of free movement of labour in the union movement, then it may be politically feasible to make faster progress towards more liberal migration policies.

3 thoughts on “Is the tide turning on migration?”

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  2. Owen,

    No more migration. We have never been asked if we want it, and the vast majority of us have our own problems without being called upon to subsidise Third World redevelopment through displacement and falling wages.

    No. No more.

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