Understanding the Global Backlash Against Migration—and Its Costs

Police scuffle with Afghan migrants as they block the entrance of the Hellenikon migrant camp, Athens, Greece, Feb. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Thanassis Stavrakis).
Police scuffle with Afghan migrants as they block the entrance of the Hellenikon migrant camp, Athens, Greece, Feb. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Thanassis Stavrakis).
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The turmoil that greeted U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning most travel from several Muslim-majority countries and his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico understandably focused global attention on the Trump administration’s migration policies. But the fact is that developments in the United States are not occurring in a vacuum. The issue of how to regulate the flow of human beings seeking to resettle from one country to another is climbing on the global agenda, with potentially harmful implications on a number of important fronts. Restricting immigration has always been the subject of bitter, emotional […]

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