Tag Archives: refugees

Mapping political arguments about the refugee crisis

I have spent time this summer helping refugees in Budapest and also got engaged in discussions with people about “what to do about the refugee problem”. In the press and on Facebook I came across many claims intended to support … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Refugees and migration | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How many refugees should each country take

How do you work out how many refugees each country should take? I thought of four main things which are relevant: -          Ability to afford – the richer a country is, the less pain caused by admitting refugees -          Population … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Environment, society, politics and economics | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How bad government can mean a better society

By huge irony, bad government can be good for society.  Which actually means that bad government is good government.  How can that be? The Hungarian government has handled the refugee crisis in a quixotic manner.  This year it has taken … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Environment, society, politics and economics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Refugees and illusions

Some reflections on the refugee crisis.  I will write a few posts on this. Standing in 38 degrees heat at the Deli station in Budapest surrounded by 20 Pakistani migrants can get you thinking about stuff.  You put two and … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Environment, society, politics and economics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The dangers behind averages.

2 degrees has become a familiar figure.  We need to stop the climate getting warmer than an average of 2 degrees to avoid catastrophic climate change.  In fact, as top climate scientist James Hansen says, even 2 degrees is too … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Climate change policy | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment