Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Policies

Bocconi University

A conference  jointly organized by
the Fondazione RODOLFO DEBENEDETTI and IGIER-Bocconi 

What are the causes that have generated the actual migrants' and refugees' crisis? What consequences will this imply, especially in a long-term and global perspective?

Fondazione RODOLFO DEBENEDETTI, jointly with IGIER-Bocconi, will try to answer such questions in a conference that will bring together some of the most important scholars in immigration studies. The one-day event will also include a round table between prominent members of the international organizations most involved in the asylum policy making.


10:00 – 10:20  -  Registration

10:20 – 10:30  -  Welcome address Andrea Sironi (Rector, Università Bocconi)

10:30 – 11:00  -  Paolo Gentiloni (Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)

11:00 – 12:45  - “The US Experience”

Chair: Paolo Pinotti (Fondazione RDB  and  Università Bocconi)

George Borjas (Harvard University) The Labor Market Impact of the Marielitos: A Reappraisal
Doug Massey (Princeton University) How Border Enforcement Failed in the United States

Discussant: Kevin Shih (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

                                  12:45 – 14:00  -  Lunch

14:00 – 15:45 - “Immigrants and Refugees in Europe”

Chair: Guido Alfani (IGIER-Università Bocconi)

Tim Hatton (University of Essex): Refugees and asylum seekers, the crisis in Europe and the future of policy
Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin, School of Economics) Shifting Attitudes, False Perceptions: Recent Irish Immigration in Comparative Perspective

Discussant: Alessandra Venturini (European University Institute)

                               15:45 – 16:00  -  Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00 – “Refugee admission-quota systems”

Peter Schuck (Law School, Yale University) Refugee Burden-Sharing:  a Market-Based Proposal (in videoconference)
Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) Combining physical and financial solidarity in asylum policy: TRAQs with matching

Chair: Paola Monti (Fondazione RDB)

17:00-18:30  -   “Policy Roundtable”

Chair: Theresa Beltramo (UNHCR)

Niels Harild (Expert on Migration and Forced Displacement)
Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers University)
Carlotta Sami (UNHCR)
Federico Soda (International Organization for Migration)


In order to better organise the event, you are kindly asked to register on the Fondazione RODOLFO DEBENEDETTI’s website at this link.

The working language will be English with simultaneous translation into Italian.