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Measuring Changes in Ethnic Diversity Over Time: The Historical Index of Ethnic Fractionalization Dataset (HIEF)

The demographic composition of most countries has changed dramatically in the last decades. The questions of how different people with different backgrounds can peacefully interact in the modern and more globalized world, and how their societies may prosper, are among the most important challenges of recent years. There has been a growing interest among social […]

Barriers to free movement in Africa: How to remove them?

While the African Union (AU) has developed ambitious plans for continental free trade it is becoming clear that free movement of people lags behind. This blog identifies six obstacles that impede progress on free movement for people in Africa and considers the prospects for future development. The AU Summit held in Niger on July 7 […]

Are ethnic minorities in the UK spatially integrating?

The spatial segregation of migrants and their children—also called ethnic minorities in the UK—has received great attention in public and policy debates. There is ample evidence that ethnic minorities tend to live close to other members of the same group, and this applies both to recently arrived migrants as well as to their children born […]