Tag: Europe


Asylum Seekers or Economic Migrants? And How Many Angels Can Stand on a Pinhead?

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Europe has been caught off guard by recent asylum-seeker arrivals, prompting what some have called a threat to the survival of the EU. However, we have shown that Europe has admitted and integrated much larger numbers of refugees in the past. So why have countries been so overwhelmed this time around? One major hurdle has been assessing the validity of such large numbers of asylum claims.

Nancy Birdsall to Deliver Kapuscinski Development Lecture in Berlin

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On February 23, CGD President Nancy Birdsall will deliver the first Kapuscinski Development Lecture of 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Her lecture, “The New Middle Class in the Developing World: Does It Matter?” will take a hard look at what it means to be middle class in developing countries and explore the role of strugglers, the rapidly expanding group of people caught between extreme poverty and the middle class.

Migration into Europe: A Problem with No Solution

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One needs just to look at the newspaper headlines to see that the problem of migrants is growing daily in Europe and that its gravity is greater than before. The number of migrants this year has already exceeded 100,000 (about 15 percent higher than the last, record, year);  the number of the dead has reached at least several thousand although the statistics are murky since no one has incentive to compile them. People just die in desert or sea and no one cares. Practically every European country thinks about either deporting the migrants, making the asylum laws more difficult, or simply shutting the borders. 

Is ‘the Struggle’ the Baby or the Bathwater?

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One of the first things we all learn as development rookies is that you cannot simply transplant institutions, systems or ideas from elsewhere. We are told that solutions have to be organic, locally-developed, country-owned and relevant to the context. But why and when is this true?

Science to Deliver, but No 'Science of Delivery'

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The World Bank President Jim Kim has said that the next frontier for the World Bank is to 'help to advance a science of delivery'.  But the problem is not that we are ignoring politics, as Kevin Watkins suggests: the problem is that we are ignoring complexity.