Today, the Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is in Sicily to visit secure centres for refugees, in order to understand what kind of initiatives the government should implement and carry on in the next months. How can we stabilise migratory flows from Africa? China, I think represents one possible solution.
How much do we really know about China? Beppe Grillo has kindly hosted in his new blog the first part of my documentary on the rural economy in China. The first episode, 10 minutes, deals with the issue of farmers' income and how it has evolved over these 40 years of reforms.
The Economist magazine has just published an article on the issue of migrants in Europe. Why Europe Needs more migrants? To such an important question, one would expect an equally profound answer, and instead, the article loses its logic and confuses causes and effects in a circularity not worthy of the name of the magazine.
Today, in a short commentary written for Radiocor/IlSole24Ore, I discuss the issue of migrant flow into Europ and its impact on the economy of the host country. Everyone asks the question "Do migrants bring positive or negative benefits to the receiving country?". The short answer is it depends on a number of variables and generalisation across the globe would be mis-leading. However, narrowing the focus on the Mediterrenan migrant flow into Italy, one can almost certainly affirm that in the short term, the impact is negative and that in the long term it is, at best unclear. The impact may potentially be positive only under a strict set of assumptions, that need to be carefully analysied before making irreversible decisions.