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The ‘Climate Migration’ Narrative Is Inaccurate, Harmful, and Pervasive. We Need an Alternative
December 05, 2023
Climate change will have enormous effects on the ability of people to live and earn a livelihood in many areas of the world. This is often assumed to mean there will be a ‘flood’ of cross-border out-migration from the most-affected areas. This narrative is inaccurate, harmful, and pervasive despite ...
The Australia-Tuvalu Climate and Migration Agreement: Takeaways and Next Steps
December 04, 2023
On November 9, 2023, Australia and Tuvalu signed an unprecedented cooperation agreement. It offers 280 Tuvaluans—2.5 percent of the islands’ population—permanent residency in Australia each year. The agreement, which stems from a recognition that Tuvalu’s long-term future is endangered by climate ch...
How Can Labor Migration Help the US Green Transition? Takeaways From a Cross-Sector Roundtable
November 27, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed into law last year, will provide the United States with $370 billion in direct investments in clean energy, and possibly spur far more through tax credits. The IRA is expected to stimulate a green transition in the US. And it will turbocharge the US green l...
The EU’s Talent Pool is Live, But Will it Attract Skilled Non-EU Migrants?
November 21, 2023
The European Commission launched a new ‘Skills and Talent Mobility’ package. The package included the creation of a new European Union Talent Pool which aims to match EU-based employers with jobseekers in non-EU (or ‘third’) countries. This blog explores the history of this idea, why the EC thinks i...
We Can’t Predict How Many People Will Move Because of Climate Change, and That’s Okay
November 20, 2023
Climate change will impact migration patterns. Numerous efforts have been made to quantify the scale and timelines of this impact. This is quite sensible. Policies are better when we know where their beneficiaries are, what their needs are, when these needs will arise, and how any intervention will ...
What’s the Latest Research in Development Economics? A Roundup from NEUDC 2023
November 09, 2023
There are so many studies regarding so many aspects of development economics that it can be difficult to keep up. Last week was the North East Universities Development Consortium annual conference, often called NEUDC. Researchers presented more than 130 papers across a wide range of topics, from agr...
How Can Labour Migration Help the UK’s Green Transition? Takeaways From a Cross-Sector Roundtable
October 26, 2023
Green-skilled labour migration could support the green transition, and yield major benefits for both development and carbon emissions. But what skills does the UK need? How reliable are the UK’s domestic training pipelines? What are the prospects for deliberate international recruitment?
The Billion Dollar Benefits of Expanded Green-Skilled Migration
September 26, 2023
This blog outlines the potential impacts on both earnings and carbon emissions from expanding skilled migration to support the green transition.
Using the Fear of Migration to Drum Up Support for Aid is Wrong
August 01, 2023
A number of aid advocates have started (re)using the fear of migration flows to drum up support for increased, or at least sustained, development and climate finance. Their argument is that such finance will reduce migration flows; that we should support and protect prosperous and sustainable econom...
Congressional Divide on FY24 US Development Spending Brings More Questions than Answers
July 27, 2023
Last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee markup revealed a vast gulf dividing the Capitol with respect to development and diplomacy funding for the coming fiscal year. The two chambers’ State and Foreign Operations spending bill toplines are more than $9 billion apart, with the House coming in at...