Migration Matters was founded in January 2016 to address the public’s biggest conundrums and fears surrounding migration and the so-called refugee crisis.
Our free video-based courses break down commonly held preconceptions about migration and offer nuanced and solution-oriented perspectives from leading thinkers in the field: researchers, practitioners, as well as migrants and refugees themselves.
Integration: What Works and What Doesn’t Work?
Part six of our course Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit): Right now, the integration of refugees and migrants is a policy priority for every European government. However, according to Dominik Hangartner of the London School of Economics, we know surprisingly little about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to integration.
Do Migrants Take Away Jobs?
Part two of our course Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit): Many people think that migrants take jobs away from citizens, reduce wages, or both. But you may also have heard the argument that immigrants benefit the economy. So, who’s right? Well, it's not that simple, explains Alan Manning of the London School of Economics.
How Effective Are Borders in Keeping People out?
Part eight of our course Migration 101: Borders have partially returned to the European Union, from Brexit to Hungary’s fences. But borders and visas do not always have their intended effect, argues Hein de Haas, one of the leading scholars in the field of migration studies.
How Much Does Migration Change Receiving Societies?
Part five of our course Migration Matters: You may have heard that immigrants alter the fabric of receiving societies. It’s true, to some extent. But these changes are not fundamental or structural in nature, says renowned scholar Hein de Haas.
Is Migration Good, Bad, or Normal?
Part ten (the final part) of our course Migration 101: Renowned migration scholar Hein de Haas takes us a step back from the pro vs. con debate on migrants and refugees, helping us to examine migration from the perspective of the shared human story.
Want More or Less Migration? Here’s What to Think About.
Part nine of our course Migration 101: Countries tend to prefer high-skilled migrants to low-skilled migrants, despite having industries that require low-skilled workers. Is it possible to entertain both approaches, asks scholar Hein de Haas, and what else should migration policies be thinking about?
Who Are We Allowing in? Who Are We Trying to Keep out?
Part seven of our course Migration 101: Given the public debate on migration today, one might assume that countries around the world are becoming more restrictive on migration. Yet these policies are not actually more restrictive; rather they reflect a global class system, says migration scholar Hein de Haas.
Can We “Fix” Poorer Countries to Keep People From Emigrating?
Part six of our course Migration 101: We may assume that a higher quality of life at home would prevent a potential migrant from going abroad. But this is not so often the case, says Hein de Haas, renowned migration researcher.
Can the Media Make Us More Welcoming?
Part five of our course Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit): Myria Georgiou of the London School of Economics poses the question, are European media reflecting the refugee crisis or helping create it? Myria also tells us about her research into the ways in which newspapers in nine European countries covered the so-called crisis in 2015.
Will Climate Change Lead to More Migration?
Part four of our course Migration 101: Many fear that climate change will bring much of the world's poor to the shores of Europe. But is this based in evidence? Not exactly, says Hein de Haas, one of the world’s leading migration scholars.
How Much Does Global Inequality Drive Migration?
Part three of our course Migration 101: We often think that poverty is the main driver of migration, but it’s not that simple, says migration scholar Hein de Haas.