Doctoral lecture series on cross-border labour mobility

21 Nov 19 | lecture n°3

Are political and economic integration intertwined?

University of Nottingham, CEPR, CES-Ifo and IZA

Over the past 30 years or so, global migration has increased significantly. It is estimated that today about 3.3% of the world’s population lives in a country different from that of its birth. Several European countries have seen their foreign-born population double or triple and in some cases like Luxembourg, migrants account almost half of the resident population. As a result, societies have become increasingly diverse. Over centuries of political development, democracy and democratic representation have emerged as the preferable means of aggregating heterogeneous preferences. To what extent are immigrants involved in the political process in the destination country? Answering this question has important consequences in terms of both the engagement of migrant communities with the host country’s society, and in terms of the policies that in turn will be adopted.


Crossing Borders at a Glance: Interview of Prof. Giovanni Facchini


About the doctoral lecture series on cross-border labour mobility

Migration is part of humanity’s DNA. It has always been a normal and inevitable response to the economic, social, political, security and environmental challenges that have punctuated human history. Yet, workers’ mobility in general and international migration in particular are issues that divide public opinion in every country in the world.

This PhD course is jointly organized by LISER and CREA (University of Luxembourg) and is part of the MINLAB doctoral program on migration, labor and inequality funded by the FNR (PRIDE program). It covers topical issues related to the determinants of international migration, to its implications for sending and receiving countries, and to its effect on the world distribution of income.

It is organized as a set of monthly doctoral lectures given by renowned economists. Each speaker will provide a state-of-the-art analysis of existing methodologies and academic findings in his field of expertise. Upon completion of this course, student will have learnt about the cutting-edge developments in the migration literature and will be asked to write an essay on one of the topics covered.

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