Few issues have caused as much political controversy in Europe as immigration. But are we really having the right conversation about immigration? Philippe Legrain argues that immigration pays many types of dividends and that societies open to immigrants will fare a lot better than closed societies – and not just in economic terms. Legrain puts forward a ‘patriotic’ case for immigration and addresses many complex issues like ‘illegal’ immigration and what newcomers need to do to fit into society.
Fredrik Erixon talks to Philippe Legrain, founder of the Open Political Economy Network (Open) and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, about his most recent and powerful book ‘Them and Us: How Immigrants and Locals can Thrive Together’.