This is part of a series of weekly posts with the most interesting content from the Open Borders Action Group on Facebook. Do join the group to weigh in on existing discussions or start your own (you might want to read this post before joining).
Artistic and literary depictions
- Post by Vipul Naik, July 31, 2014, linking to Study finds kids who read Harry Potter books become more tolerant of minority groups by Sarah Eberspacher, The Week, July 30, 2014. 12 likes, 4 comments. More detailed article: Harry Potter and the Battle Against Bigotry by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard, July 29, 2014.
- Post by Sam Piranty, August 4, 2014, linking to his project Borders and Checkpoints.
General points related to migration and public opinion on migration
- What percentage of income is determined by what country you live in? by Joey Savoie, July 29, 2014. 2 comments, including a link to Milanovic’s paper on the subject.
- Post by Nathan Smith, July 30, 2014, about his draft paper on the global economic impact of open borders (see Smith’s earlier post on the subject for Open Borders: The Case here). 7 likes, 19 comments.
- If racist writings from the past were edited to replace racial references with references to illegal immigrants, would restrictionists today agree with the content? by Michael Tontchev, July 30, 2014. 2 likes, 10 comments.
- Animals are free to cross US borders, but not foreigners by Michael Tontchev, July 30, 2014. 10 likes, 2 comments.
- Post by John Lee, August 2, 2014, linking to Two Centuries of International Migration, a literature review of the economic history of global migration. 5 likes, 1 comment.
- Post by Carl Shulman, August 3, 2014, linking to Big Data Reveals How Cities Beckoned the Brainy for 2,000 Years by Dan Vergano, National Geographic News, July 31, 2014, based on the paper A network framework of cultural history, Science 1 August 2014: Vol. 345 no. 6196 pp. 558-562. 2 likes.
Opinions of others about migration: specific observations (including links to papers, videos, debates)
- Post by John Lee linking to and discussing Should We Have a WTO for International Migration? by Timothy Hatton, Julian Simon Lecture, 2006.
- Post by John Lee, July 29, 2014, linking to the short book Homelands by Stephan Faris. 3 likes, 10 comments, including a detailed description by Lee of the book and its passages that he found most interesting.
- Post by John Lee, July 30, 2014, linking to Willingly waived: Migrant workers trading away rights for access to jobs, a podcast with Martin Ruhs. 3 likes, 4 comments.
- Post by Rosa Wasserbärchen, July 30, 2014, on the debate between Joseph Carens and David Miller on migration. 3 comments, including links to the Joseph Carens page, the Joseph Carens blog tag, and the state responsibility thesis page.
- Post by Vipul Naik, August 3, 2014, linking to video of a just-completed open borders debate. 7 likes, 2 comments. More videos are available at the debate video page on this website.
- Post by Vipul Naik, August 3, 2014, linking to Children at the Border Are Not a Crisis for Americans by Benjamin Powell, The Independent Institute, July 30, 2014 (also published in The Huffington Post here). 6 likes, 1 comment, including a link to Keep Calm and Let Them Stay by Simon Burrow.
Specific current and historical situations
- Post by Anna Krupitsky, July 29, 2014, linking to Immigration Officials Detained Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Despite Policy Change by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress, July 28, 2014. 5 likes, 1 comment.
- Post by Vipul Naik asking people for their thoughts on how influential John Tanton has been in shaping the migration debate in the United States. 7 comments.
- Photo post by John Lee from Mae Ngai’s book Impossible Subects. 26 likes.
- Photo post by Michelangelo Landgrave with an analysis of a data set on DACA applicants, July 29, 2014. 3 likes, 6 comments.
- Post by Carl Shulman, July 30, 2014, linking to ImmigrationWorks Foundation — General Support | Good Ventures. 7 likes, 1 comment linking to GiveWell’s page on the grant.
- How would Canadians respond if the United States were to offer tit-for-tat open borders with Canada? by Ryan P. Long, July 30, 2014. 1 like, 18 comments, including a link to US-Canada open borders referendum bleg by Vipul Naik, Open Borders: The Case, May 4, 2013.
- Post by John Lee, July 31, 2014, linking to Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers: ‘Scandalous’ verdict condemned by politicians and anti-racist groups after case that revealed migrant workers’ plight by Helena Smith, The Guardian, July 30, 2014. 9 likes, 2 comments.
- Post by Carl Shulman, July 31, 2014, linking to The Social Laboratory: Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society, Shane Harris, Foreign Policy. 3 likes, 2 comments.
- Post by John Lee, July 31, 2014, linking to the book review The Settlers: ‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French by Alexis Okeowo, New York Times, July 10, 2014. 3 likes, 9 comments. The comments included a discussion of African migration to China, and linked to the Wikipedia page Africans in Guangzhou.
- Post by Carl Shulman, July 31, 2014, linking to China Eases Internal Passport System in Urbanization Push, Bloomberg News, July 30, 2014. 15 likes, 1 comment, including a link to China Is Ending Its ‘Apartheid.’ Here’s Why No One Is Happy About It. Ending the divide between urban and rural residents will seemingly please neither. by Rachel Lu, Foreign Policy, July 31, 2014.
- Post by Grieve Chelwa, August 1, 2014, linking to The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program by Peter Elkind and Marty Jones, Fortune, July 24, 2014. 1 comment.
- Post by John Lee, August 1, 2014, linking to Pregnant mother facing deportation to Australia despite having British husband and children will NOT have to leave as Home Office decides not to pursue case against her by Darren Boyle, The Daily Mail, August 1, 2014. 6 likes, 5 comments.
- Post by David Ong, August 2, 2014, asking for resources that would link potential employers to refugees, and linking to HireRefugees.org as an example of such a resource. 1 comment.
- Post by Vipul Naik, August 2, 2014, linking to Over 100 Faith Leaders Arrested in Protest Against Record Deportations by Eric Gibble, Immigration Impact, August 1, 2014.
Site content and meta
- One of the first pieces of hostile coverage for the Open Borders website by Vipul Naik, July 29, 2014. 4 likes, 9 comments.
- Post by John Lee, July 30, 2014, linking to FollowerWonk’s automatically generated analysis of Twitter followers of @OpenBordersInfo. 5 comments.