Politicians see immigration reform as a useful way to curry favour with the electorate. Immigrants can’t vote and the native population often wants tighter controls on who is allowed into the country. However, such controls can often be counterproductive and should be more carefully thought thro

The world is awash with people forced to leave their homes and flee for their lives as a result of persecution and political upheaval. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the main international body dealing with refugees, estimates their number could be as high as 40 million -