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People Power

Why We Need More Migrants

Giles Merritt (Friends of Europe, Brussels)



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I.B. Tauris
29 July 2021
Migration is one of the fundamental driving forces of change in the modern world. As regions such as the Middle East continue to experience instability, climate change is driving migration from Africa and Central Asia - these 'push factors' lead to increased migration throughout Europe. Yet despite being one of the fundamental issues of the modern age, the impact of migration on Western developed economies is dangerously misunderstood.

Here, economics and migration expert Giles Merritt seeks to explode the ten most common myths about European migration. He shows how the west's aging population needs migrants, and demonstrates in clear and accessible writing how governments must adapt to increase migration to solve the challenges of the modern world. The result is a clear-eyed assessment of the issues, and a way forward for the west which preserves our political democracies by rejecting the politics of the right.
By:   Giles Merritt (Friends of Europe Brussels)
Imprint:   I.B. Tauris
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   314g
ISBN:   9780755606542
ISBN 10:   075560654X
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   29 July 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for People Power: Why We Need More Migrants

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 *

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