Philippe Legrain writes excellently about globalisation, trade, immigration and the case for European integration, among other subjects. I started corresponding with him almost a decade ago, when he cogently explained to various readerships the role and value of the World Trade Organization, then l'ennemi du jour of a certain type of "progressive" thinking. Philippe has a piece today on Comment is Free, about immigration. I recommend his article and strongly support what he says:
The economic benefits of opening our borders are vast. Just look at cosmopolitan London, the richest place not just in the UK, but in Europe, The social and cultural benefits are huge too, as anyone with a foreign-born parent, partner or friend can testify. Ultimately, migration is about creating an open, dynamic and progressive society, rather than a closed, stagnant and reactionary one.
Britain urgently needs a heavyweight, economically rigorous report into the economics of migration, along the lines of the Stern report on the economics of climate change. The House of Lords report is certainly not it.