Immigration in Europe and the welfare state: legends and reality (2019)

Alberto Alesina

The huge flow of migrants to Europe in recent times has generated a cultural reaction against immigrants and the feeling that they are taking excessive advantage of the welfare state of richer countries. The discussion is frequently based not on real data but rather on stereotypes and incorrect information, often accentuated by anti-immigration and anti-globalisation parties. We dedicate the first of over 700 archive lectures available at the Festival web site to Prof. Alberto Alesina, who participated at several editions of the Festival (in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2019) and who passed away prematurely on 24 May 2020.