Martin Ruhs

About Martin Ruhs

Martin is a University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Economy at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of Studies in Economics at the Department of Continuing Education; Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society; Associate Faculty at the Blavatnik School of Government; and a Fellow of Kellogg College. His research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. He is author of "The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration".

Less is More When it Comes to Migrant Rights

[This is a revised version of an article originally published at The Conversation]

Earlier this month, the UN General Assembly debated the global governance of international labour migration. This meeting was particularly timely, following reports of numerous deaths among Nepalese workers on World Cup construction sites in Qatar. But as they gathered in New York, policymakers once again overlooked one of the hardest questions in this debate: how to manage the trade-offs in immigration policy between openness to admitting migrant workers and some of the rights migrants are granted after admission.

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