BOOK, BLOG & ONLINE COURSE BY MARTIN RUHS

Welcome to the website for my book, blog and online course on international labour migration and the rights of migrant workers. The site is aimed at researchers, teachers, students, policy-makers, journalists and practitioners working on migration and public policy issues around the world.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Many low-income countries and development organizations are calling for greater liberalization of labor immigration policies in high-income countries. At the same time, human rights organizations and migrant rights advocates demand more equal rights for migrant workers. The Price of Rights shows why you cannot always have both.

Martin Ruhs analyzes how high-income countries restrict the rights of migrant workers as part of their labor immigration policies and discusses the implications for global debates about regulating labor migration and protecting migrants. The book comprehensively looks at the tensions between human rights and citizenship rights, the agency and interests of migrants and states, and the determinants and ethics of labor immigration policy.

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LATEST FROM THE BLOG

Three questions for better immigration debates

Better policies on migration require a better public debate. We urgently need more open discussion about the limitations of the nation state in controlling immigration, the inescapable trade-offs in the effects of migration, and – perhaps most fundamentally – the policy objectives, including the underlying ethical questions.

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