Udayan Roy


Workers Betrayed by Visa Loopholes Editorial, The New York Times, June 15, 2015. [Instances of abuse of the H1B visa program.]

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant By Adam Davidson, The New York Times Magazine, MARCH 24, 2015. [Why not have open borders? Here's a blog post by John Cochrane on Davidson's article.]

The Surprising Secret of India’s Success Could Be its Brain Drain By ERIC BELLMAN, IndiaRealTime (blog), The Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2015. [The brain drain may actually help a poor country!]

Immigration Rules in Bahamas Sweep Up Haitians By FRANCES ROBLES, The New York Times, JAN. 30, 2015. [Haitians are fleeing their dysfunctional nation. And countries in the region are desperate to keep them out.]

A Strategy for Rich Countries: Absorb More Immigrants By Tyler Cowen, The New York Times, November 8, 2014. [Immigration can help rich societies with few young people.]

Scandinavians Split Over Syrian Influx By HUGH EAKIN, The New York Times, SEPT. 19, 2014. [At the center of the debate is cultural assimilation of immigrants.]

Rift Emerges Before Vote in Sweden as Immigration Tests a Tradition of Openness By DAVID CROUCH, The New York Times, SEPT. 12, 2014. [Wow, those are inspiring words on immigration from the Swedish Prime Minster! (And a center-right one too!) "As a result [of Sweden's generous asylum policies], 15 percent of Sweden’s population today was born abroad." (The corresponding number for the US was 13 percent in 2012 -- see Table 1.1 at http://www.census.gov/population/foreign/files/cps2012/2012T1.pdf. And the US has less generous government assistance policies, especially for recent immigrants.) At this rate, I wonder, how long will it be possible for Swedes to enjoy their generous welfare state, and the compassionate society that comes with it?]

Who Cares What Economists Say About Immigration? By Cass R. Sunstein, BloombergView, August 25, 2014. ["Economists ... concur with the following statement: “The average U.S. citizen would be better off if a larger number of highly educated foreign workers were legally allowed to immigrate to the U.S. each year.” But here as well, only a minority of Americans agrees. And when people learn what professional economists think, they do not shift toward the consensus. On the contrary, there is an apparent backfire effect: The percentage of respondents who disagree with the statement rises."]

In Nepal, a Better Life With a Steep Price By GARDINER HARRIS, The New York Times, AUG. 14, 2014. ["In some seasons, one-quarter of the country’s [i.e., Nepal's] population may be working beyond the border, economists and manpower officials estimate."]

In Greece, Migrants Are Desperate to Flee Again By SUZANNE DALEY, The New York Times, AUG. 6, 2014. [Economic migrants go where economic opportunities exist. Simple.]

The new land of opportunity for immigrants is Germany By Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post, July 27, 2014. []

Needing Skilled Workers, a Booming Germany Woos Immigrants By ALISON SMALE, The New York Times, JULY 18, 2014. []

‘A Kind of Purgatory': African Refugees in Israel By Malin Fezehai, LightBox (blog), Time, July 7, 2014. [Not a happy picture!]

Britain’s New Immigrants, From Romania and Bulgaria, Face Hostilities By KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA, The New York Times, MAY 31, 2014. [People worry that immigrants stealing jobs and becoming dependent on government handouts. One politician says that Britain needs to look at both the "quantity and quality" of immigrants.]

Foreign domestic workers across Asia rise up over exploitation By Tania Branigan, The Guardian, February 28, 2014. [Migrant workers across the continent are treated as second class citizens, but now women are organising and speaking out.]

More than 500 Indian workers have died in Qatar since 2012, figures show By Owen Gibson, The Guardian, February 18, 2014. [As Qatar construction boom gathers pace ahead of 2022 World Cup, Indian government confirms scale of death toll.]

Qatar World Cup: 185 Nepalese died in 2013 – official records By Owen Gibson and Pete Pattisson, The Guardian, January 24, 2014. [Qatar World Cup: 185 Nepalese died in 2013 – official records.]

Amid Debate on Migrants, Norway Party Comes to Fore By STEVEN ERLANGER, The New York Times, JAN. 23, 2014. [It is difficult to maintain a caring welfare state if the inflow of poor immigrants is uncontrolled. Such immigration can also cause discomfort about cultural dislocation if the immigrants do not embrace the host culture.]

Immigration Remakes and Sustains New York, Report Finds By KIRK SEMPLE, The New York Times, Published: December 18, 2013. [A new report says the city’s immigrant population has reached a high of 3.1 million, led by a tremendous growth in the Chinese population.]

Migration Hurts the Homeland By PAUL COLLIER, The New York Times, Published: November 29, 2013. [Many on the left don’t understand that immigration takes away the brightest.]

Forging ahead and falling behind by C.W., Free Exchange (blog), The Economist, October 3, 2013. [Immigration narrows the wage gap between the educated and the less educated. Emmigration does the reverse.]

The mobile masses The Economist, September 28, 2013. [Review of "Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World" By Paul Collier.]

Unskilled Immigration To Denmark Increased Wages For Low-Skilled Danish People By Matthew Yglesias, Money Box (blog), Slate, August 29, 2013. [The arrival of immigrants was followed by native workers taking on more complex and better paid jobs.]

Canada Seeks Immigrants Who Fit Better By ALISTAIR MACDONALD, The Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2013. [Ottawa Screens Applicants for English, French Fluency and "Adaptability"]

Path to United States Practice Is Long Slog to Foreign Doctors By CATHERINE RAMPELL, The New York Times, Published: August 11, 2013. [Despite a shortage of doctors in some parts of the United States, a trend that may worsen under the new health care law, it takes years for a foreign doctor to be licensed here.]

Bonjour, America! By STEPHEN R. KELLY, The New York Times, Published: July 23, 2013. [The French Canadian immigration experience shows that our obsession with border security is inconsistent with our history, undermines our economic vitality and is likely to fail.]

Liberals vs. Immigration Reform By BILL KELLER, The New York Times, Published: July 7, 2013. [The politics of immigration is complex. It does not align easily along the Democrat-Republican divide.]

Immigration and Entrepreneurship By CATHERINE RAMPELL, Economix (blog), The New York Times, July 1, 2013. [There are plenty of high-profile examples of immigrant inventors and entrepreneurs, and research affirms that immigrants form businesses at a higher rate than native-born Americans.]

Bhutan Is No Shangri-La By VIDHYAPATI MISHRA, The New York Times, Published: June 28, 2013. [How a tiny kingdom created a giant refugee crisis.]

Immigration and the Labor Market By EDUARDO PORTER, Economix (blog), The New York Times, June 25, 2013. [By the accounts of many economic studies, an increase in immigration is likely to leave most American workers better off. The poor and unskilled will be worse off. The richer workers will be better off.]

Riots rock Sweden's immigrant suburbs for fourth night By Carolina Jemsby and David Bartal, USA TODAY, May 23, 2013. [Even Swedish idealism may not be enough when it comes to dealing with less-skilled immigrants.]

Engineers See a Path Out of Green Card Limbo By SOMINI SENGUPTA, The New York Times, Published: May 22, 2013. [Born overseas and educated in the United States, workers in the heart of the tech industry are in a kind of suspension as the Senate considers the immigration bill.]

The Boston Bombing and Immigration By ANDREW ROSENTHAL, Taking Note (blog), The New York Times, April 26, 2013. [The Tsarnaevs weren't born in the United States. Neither was one of their bomb victims, their carjacking victim, or the gas station clerk who called 911.]

Other countries court skilled immigrants frustrated by U.S. visa laws By Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post, Monday, February 18, 2013.

Do Illegal Immigrants Actually Hurt the U.S. Economy? By ADAM DAVIDSON, The New York Times, Published: February 12, 2013. [Undocumented workers represent a classic economic challenge with a fairly straightforward solution.]

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor and Your Economists, Too By N. GREGORY MANKIW, The New York Times, Published: February 9, 2013. [Many economists are receptive to the concept of immigration, partly because they tend to have a libertarian streak. But immigration has also benefited economists’ own profession.]

Are Immigrants Taking Your Job? A Primer By CATHERINE RAMPELL, Economix (blog), The New York Times, February 5, 2013. [No, especially if you are someone who reads The New York Times.]

Ladder to American Success By MIRIAM JORDAN, The Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2013. [Children of Immigrants Do Much Better Than Parents' Generation, Study Shows.]

Business and Labor Unite to Try to Alter Immigration Laws By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, The New York Times, Published: February 7, 2013. [Two oft-feuding groups, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the Chamber of Commerce, have formed an alliance to find a way for immigrants illegally in the United States to gain citizenship.]

Success of Immigrants’ Children Measured By SUSAN SAULNY, The New York Times, Published: February 7, 2013. [A study shows that second-generation Americans outperform the foreign born by many socioeconomic standards.]

America’s Genius Glut By ROSS EISENBREY, The New York Times, Published: February 7, 2013. [The author argues that expanding the immigration of foreigners educated in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is not necessarily a good idea for the United States.]

Huge Amounts Spent on Immigration, Study Finds By JULIA PRESTON, The New York Times, Published: January 7, 2013. [The Obama administration spent significantly more on immigration enforcement last year than on all the other major federal law enforcement agencies combined, a report says.]

Wary of Future, Professionals Leave China in Record Numbers By IAN JOHNSON, The New York Times, Published: October 31, 2012. [Although China’s economic boom has created millions of well-paying jobs, its skilled workers are moving elsewhere, in search of better quality of life, and religious and political freedoms.]

Bill to Keep Graduates in U.S. Fails in the House By JULIA PRESTON, The New York Times, Published: September 20, 2012. [A Republican bill to provide permanent resident visas for foreigners who graduate from American universities with advanced degrees in science and technology failed to pass the House on Thursday.]

Immigrants and 'Comparative Advantage' By BEN J. WATTENBERG, The Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2012. [They help vitalize the American economy and maintain our traditions of hard work and patriotism.]

For Victim in Sikh Temple Shooting, a Life of Separation By JIM YARDLEY and SRUTHI GOTTIPATI, The New York Times, Published: August 8, 2012. [How families back home in poor countries depend on migrant family members.]

The Morality of Migration By SEYLA BENHABIB, The Stone (blog), The New York Times, July 29, 2012. [Immigration pits two moral and legal principles, foundational to the modern state system, against each other. How can they be reconciled?]

In Singapore, Vitriol Against Chinese Newcomers By ANDREW JACOBS, The New York Times, Published: July 26, 2012. [Tensions over immigration bedevil many nations, but what makes the clash here particularly striking is that most of Singapore’s population was already ethnic Chinese.]

The Search for Skills: Demand for H-1B Immigrant Workers in U.S. Metropolitan Areas By Neil G. Ruiz, Jill H. Wilson, and Shyamali Choudhury, Brookings, July 18, 2012.

Answers to Your Questions on Skilled Immigration By CATHERINE RAMPELL, Economix (blog), The New York Times, July 25, 2012.

Immigrants Are Crucial to Innovation, Study Says By ANDREW MARTIN, The New York Times, Published: June 25, 2012. [A study shows that immigrants played a role in more than three out of four patents at the nation’s top research universities.]

Israeli Leader Pledges Hard Line on Migrants By ISABEL KERSHNER, The New York Times, Published: June 4, 2012. [The Prime Minister of Israel wants to deter, detain and deport an estimated 60,000 illegal migrants to Israel, as tensions mounted over an influx of asylum seekers from Africa.]

Crossing Over, and Over By DAMIEN CAVE, The New York Times, October 3, 2011. [Migrant shelters along the Mexican border are filled with seasoned crossers braving ever-greater risks to get back to their families in the United States — the country they consider home.]

Farmers Oppose G.O.P. Bill on Immigration By JESSE McKINLEY and JULIA PRESTON, The New York Times, July 30, 2011. [U.S. farmers are mobilizing to kill a proposed law that would make them check new hires with E-Verify, a database devised to ferret out illegal immigrants. The farmers know that they hire illegal immigrants. And they are determined to stop a law that would in effect make them admit that they hire illegal immigrants. Looking the other way is the farmers' way.]

Attack Reignites Immigration Debate in Divided Oslo By STEVEN ERLANGER, The New York Times, July 25, 2011. [Norway has recently tightened its liberal immigration and asylum rules in the midst of a longstanding debate about assimilation and multiculturalism.]

As Immigration Audits Increase, Some Employers Pay a High Price By ADRIANA GARDELLA, The New York Times, July 13, 2011. [Workers without proper documentation must be terminated, no matter how devastating it might be for a small business.]

For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home By DAMIEN CAVE, The New York Times, July 5, 2011. [Economic, demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing illegal immigration as much as the poor economy or legal crackdowns in the United States.]

State Department Error Dashes Hopes of Thousands Seeking to Live in U.S. By JULIA PRESTON, The New York Times, June 23, 2011. [Thousands of would-be U.S. visa hopefuls seek solace on the Web after the State Department voids a lottery draw. ]

The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas by Matthew Hall, Audrey Singer, Gordon F. De Jong, and Deborah Roempke Graefe, Brookings, June 9, 2011. [Good news on the skill levels of immigrants to the U.S.: The share of working-age immigrants in the United States who have a bachelor’s degree has risen considerably since 1980, and now exceeds the share without a high school diploma. Good news on even low-skilled immigrants to the U.S.: Compared with their U.S.-born counterparts, low-skilled immigrants have higher rates of employment and lower rates of household poverty, but also have lower individual earnings, in all types of metro areas.]

Drain or gain?, The Economist, May 26, 2011. [Poor countries can end up benefiting when their brightest citizens emigrate.]

The future of mobility, The Economist, May 26, 2011. [Review of Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and Meera Balarajan, Princeton University Press.]