Migration: Challenges and Perspectives
In collaboration with Cara and the RSE International Programme, the RSE Young Academy Scotland present a lecture from Professor Dr Klaus Zimmermann on the impact of refugee migration.
Human mobility remains a major issue for societies and academia, in particular with respect to forced migration and labour mobility. Its importance will increase in the face of rising global conflict, climate change, demographic imbalances, talent needs and populism. This lecture will outline challenges, virtues and benefits, and review how refugees and economic migrants perform. It will investigate the benefits of work-sharing, the tendency to specialise, the globalisation of work efforts and ethnic networks and diasporas. Migrants move largely for work and security, not for welfare benefits; they typically do not take jobs away or depress wages, but improve the wellbeing of natives. Lessons for the controversial policy debates are drawn.