Evidence and the politics of the UK migration debate – is there hope?

This is a blog on a session from ‘Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: Where next?’, a Symposium from the Institute for Policy Research and Centre for Development Studies (CDS) at the University of Bath, September 14-15 2016. Highlights and recordings from the Symposium can be found here.

By Britta K. Matthes

Migration has been at the centre of the recent EU referendum and the so-called refugee crisis and it has led to critical (self-)reflection among academics and others working in the field. The migration panel at the recent CDS and IPR Symposium on “Evidence and the Politics of Policy making: what next?” brought together three migration experts to share their insights. Continue reading

Industrial accidents in Bangladesh are another symptom of an unequal society

(This blog was originally posted at – The Conversation)

By Palash Kamruzzaman

Bangladesh, once dismissed as a “basket case” for development, has made remarkable progress in many aspects of human and economic development in the last couple of decades.

The people of Bangladesh are a key element in this remarkable advancement. They work hard on scarce farming land, risk their lives in ready-made garment factories and other labour-intensive industries, and take on low-skilled jobs abroad to send money home.

But as well as being one of the key drivers for making Bangladesh an emerging success story, the general population is the group that often pay the heaviest price for development. Continue reading