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Migration, Illegality, and the EU

The contemporary European Union (EU) migration policy-making is based on a limited understanding of mechanisms of migration. The outcomes of this setting are amplified by the terms which are employed in migration policy-making. According to the latest statistics, 1.9 million people migrated into the EU from non-EU countries in 2014. The European Commission presents that 276,113 out of the 1.9 million migrants from non-member states were so-called irregular migrants, and an estimated 220,000 of them arrived by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The number of irregular migrants and migration across the Mediterranean increased by 138% and 310% respectively compared to statistics from 2013. The European Commission employs these statistics as a call for action for increased border surveillance and stricter migration policies as the large percentage numbers, exceeding 100, are presented in the contexts of illegality and irregularity.

This essay discusses and analyses the European response to clandestine migration into the EU. Instead of focusing on one country’s sovereign policy making, the response is analysed on EU level. This essay presents EU policies and opinions and analyses them with tools from academic research on clandestine migration.

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Book Discussion I: The Hidden Wealth Of Nations by Gabriel Zucman

LuxLeaks, Panama Papers and more recently BahamasLeaks: Tax evasion is increasingly recognised as a major problem for government revenue collection. This issue is not only about wealthy individuals who hide their assets from tax authorities, as has been shown in the recent EU versus Apple controversy involving the US company’s stateless subsidiary. Gabriel Zucman is the go-to expert on such schemes and how to fight them. This article discusses and summarises his 2015 book The Hidden Wealth Of Nations.

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Philanthrocapitalism and the Gospel of Wealth

The Gospel of Wealth is an article that has been applauded by modern philanthropic figureheads such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and continues to draw attention despite being more than a century old. [1] Written in 1889, the article is one of the reasons why Andrew Carnegie is remembered by certain ‘higher circles’ as a role model for the thoughtful, even ethical member of the economic elite; his aggressive business tactics, to put it mildly, simply brushed aside. In this article we will explore the extent to which members of the surging philanthrocapitalist movement in the United States can be seen as the successors of Carnegie’s thought, and identify some of the commonalities and differences. The last part is devoted to a discussion on symbolic structures and the role of large-scale philanthropy in maintaining them. Read the rest of this entry »