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FRDB Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Policies

fRDB and IGIER-Bocconi joint conference

22 April 2016


Università Bocconi, Milan

Auditorium, Via Gobbi 5


What are the causes that have generated the actual migrants' and refugees' crisis? What consequences will this imply, especially in a long-term and global perspective?

Fondazione RODOLFO DEBENEDETTI, jointly with IGIER-Bocconi, will try to answer such questions in a conference that will bring together some of the most important scholars in immigration studies. The one-day event will also include a round table between prominent members of the international organizations most involved in the asylum policy making.


10:00 – 10:20  -  Registration

10:20 – 10:30  -  Welcome address Andrea Sironi (Rector, Università Bocconi)

10:30 – 11:00  -  Paolo Gentiloni (Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)

11:00 – 12:45  - “The US Experience”

Chair: Paolo Pinotti (Fondazione RDB  and  Università Bocconi)

George Borjas (Harvard University): The Labor Market Impact of the Marielitos: A Reappraisal

Doug Massey (Princeton University): How Border Enforcement Failed in the United States

Discussant: Kevin Shih (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)


                                   12:45 – 14:00  -  Lunch


14:00 – 15:45 - “Immigrants and Refugees in Europe”

Chair: Guido Alfani (IGIER-Università Bocconi)

Tim Hatton (University of Essex): Refugees and asylum seekers, the crisis in Europe and the future of policy

Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin, School of Economics) Shifting Attitudes, False Perceptions: Recent Irish Immigration in Comparative Perspective

Discussant: Alessandra Venturini (European University Institute)


                               15:45 – 16:00  -  Coffee break


16:00 - 17:00 – Refugee admission-quota systems”

Peter Schuck (Law School, Yale University): Refugee Burden-Sharing:  a Market-Based Proposal (in videoconference)

Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): Combining physical and financial solidarity in asylum policy: TRAQs with matching (joint work with Hillel Rapoport)

Chair: Paola Monti (Fondazione RDB)


17:00-18:30  -   “Policy Roundtable”

Chair: Theresa Beltramo (UNHCR)

Niels Harild (Expert on Migration and Forced Displacement)

Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers University)

Carlotta Sami (UNHCR)



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