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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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The Air France protesters were desperate, frightened people, not a violent mob

On Monday, about 100 employees stormed an Air France management and union official meeting that was discussing dramatic job cuts. As the negotiations had been making no progress, the staff became angry, and tussled with some company officials, writes Professor Philippe Marliere (UCL SELCS) in The Guardian.

Published: Oct 8, 2015 2:44:45 PM


Report from Iraq: religion lends Yazidis a profound resilience in the face of persecution

Iraq’s Yazidis maintain an oral tradition that tallies the massacres inflicted upon them over the centuries. Some say there have been 72, others 73. Whatever the number, genocidal campaigns against this ethno-religious minority are a recurring feature of their history, writes Dr Tyler Fisher (UCL SELCS) in The Conversation.

Published: Oct 8, 2015 1:51:00 PM


Fact Check: is there zero economic benefit from high immigration?

Evaluating the home secretary’s claim requires recognising that the economic effects of immigration have several dimensions. Although she says the overall impact is close to zero, she bases that on several specific claims, says Professor Ian Preston (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.

Published: Oct 7, 2015 4:38:13 PM


Why Theresa May is wrong about immigration

When Theresa May says that "at best the net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero" and that "there is no case, in the national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade," she is ignoring persuasive arguments that immigration may in many cases be economically beneficial, write Professor Christian Dustmann (UCL CReAM) and Professor Ian Preston (UCl Economics) in Newsweek.

Published: Oct 7, 2015 12:40:48 PM

Bernard Rieger

The end of the people's car

The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement on September 18 that Volkswagen had manipulated diesel engines during emissions tests sent shockwaves around the Western world, writes Professor Bernhard Rieger (UCL History) in Foreign Affairs.

Published: Oct 6, 2015 11:15:27 AM