April 16, 2014 Leave a Comment
Should wealthy countries give recent immigrants welfare or jobs?
Europe and the United States have long had almost exactly opposing policies on work and welfare for immigrants. The United States has let immigrants work but tried to deny them welfare benefits; Europeans, on the other hand, have distributed benefits but kept jobs for their native populations.
Even within Europe, Scandinavian countries have been unusually generous with benefits. But is this model now under strain? Have Europe’s generous benefits led to a backlash against immigration, even to mass attacks of neo-Nazis such as the 2011 killings in Norway?
In its last cosponsored event of the spring semester, IGS welcomes the perfect person to discuss these issues: Grete Brochmann, chair of the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo and former chair of the Norwegian Welfare and Migration Committee.
“Immigration and Integration in the Nordic Countries”
A talk by Grete Brochmann
Friday, April 25
Mandel Center Reading Room (3rd floor)
April 11, 2014 Leave a Comment
POL 160a- The War on Global Terrorism: “I took a Muslims in the West with Prof. Klausen and I absolutely loved it. She is an expert on her field and took this semester off to continue her research on Jihad in Europe. In order to get the most out of the class, definitely do the readings and participate in class discussions. I’m planning on taking this class myself as well.”
We’re also bringing back POL 153a, “The New Europe,” a critical class on the European Union. From rebuffing Putin to recovering from the slump, the EU is back on the world’s center stage. For those of you returning from Europe this would be an especially fine point of re-entry. Any other recommendations? Comment below or on the Facebook page. And happy hunting!
April 10, 2014 3 Comments
The European Union has had a great six decades: peace, prosperity, and ever-greater expansion. But after the financial crisis of 2008, can it sustain its “social welfare” model for the decades to come? Can it ensure the continent’s security at a time when the U.S. is retrenching and Russia is flexing its muscles?
What did you take away from the conversation on the EU’s future?
March 27, 2014 2 Comments
Several perspectives — from political realism to an embrace of Ukrainian nationalism. Is it folly for Europe and the U.S. to raise Ukraine’s hopes? If we don’t commit to the country’s sovereignty, are betraying our principles?
I was pleased to see so many of you at the panel and hope you’ll share your own thoughts below. And — it should go without saying — please disagree with any panelist you please, including me. You can’t get to “truth unto its innermost parts” without honest debate.
March 26, 2014 4 Comments
You’ve seen the film. You’ve heard about the movement and the “Girl Rising” campaign.
Now consider: what’s next? Can you imagine challenges the campaign might face? Are there some places its more likely to succeed than others? Is there anything you would do differently?