Giles Merritt has reported on European affairs for half a century, as a Financial Times correspondent in Paris and Brussels, and as an op-ed writer for the International Herald Tribune. In 2010 the Financial Times named him as one of thirty influential 'Eurostars'. He is the founder of the Brussels think tank Friends of Europe and its policy journal, Europe's World. In 2016 his previous book Slippery Slope: Europe's Troubled Future was shortlisted for the European Book Prize.
Here is an authoritative counter-argument to those who oppose immigration from an author who knows his facts. Merritt presents a dispassionate analysis of People Power, a phenomenon which will continue to re-shape Europe's ageing societies. * Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times 2005-2020 * This is an important book for everyone thinking about immigration. Giles Merritt's timely myth-busting approach is fascinating and thought-provoking. * Amelia Gentleman,The Guardian journalist and author of 'The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment' * We urgently need a rational debate on migration, based on robust evidence which does not avoid complex and thorny issues. Giles Merritt's book is a useful and timely contribution at a crucial moment for the future of EU asylum and immigration policies. * Antonio Vitorino, Director-General, UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) * Europe has an existential problem: migration. It will get worse unless Europe wakes up and handles this problem thoughtfully and courageously. Merritt's book provides critical wisdom, It should be heeded immediately. * Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the National University of Singapore and author of 'Has China Won?' * Reforming migration policy requires detailed knowledge and good judgement. Giles Merritt navigates the reader through economics, demographics and politics to a list of policy proposals. His analysis also covers the coronavirus crisis, which is transforming how Europeans look upon migrants. * Laszlo Andor, Secretary-General, Foundation for European Progressive Studies and EU Social Affairs Commissioner 2010-2014 * Refugees and migrants make up almost a fifth of Jordan's population, posing major economic and social challenges. Giles Merritt's thought-provoking book engages the readers in the increasingly global debate on the mass displacement of people * HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Honorary Chair of the World Refugee and Migration Council * Refugees, like migrants, can be strong, effective and courageous contributors to local communities and societies as a whole. This has been particularly apparent during the pandemic. Giles Merritt's book contributes to this important discussion. * Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees *