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Martin Ruhs

Martin Ruhs is an economist specialising in the economics and politics of labour immigration, with a strong international comparative dimension. He has conducted studies of the impacts and policy implications of labour immigration in the UK, Ireland, the US, Thailand and Kuwait. His recent research and publications have focused on migrants in low wage jobs in the UK, employer demand for migrant labour, illegality in migrant labour markets, temporary migration programmes and migrant rights. Martin teaches a graduate course on "The economics and politics of international labour migration"
In addition to his academic work, Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. He was Specialist Advisor to an inquiry by the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords into the economic impacts of immigration. Martin is currently a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which advises the UK government on labour immigration policy. He is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

Series featuring Martin Ruhs

  • Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
  • Refugee Studies Centre
  • Kellogg College
  • Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2013
  • Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2012
  • Alumni Weekend
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Heroes, Villains and Victims: The dangerous politics of international migration This panel debate discusses key facts and fiction in international migration, and presents new ideas for a better politics of immigration. Bridget Anderson, Hein de Haas, Martin Ruhs, Katrin Bennhold 02 Oct 2014
2 Decade of Migration, Session 3: Mobility and the global labour market: What can the past tell us about the future? In the third panel of the Decade of Migration conference Martin Ruhs, Monique Kremer, and Roger Waldinger gave different insights into mobility and the global labour market. Martin Ruhs, Monique Kremer, Roger Waldinger 24 Sep 2014
3 Creative Commons The Political Economy of Tied Migrant Labour Martin Ruhs, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS podcast series Martin Ruhs 03 Mar 2014
4 Creative Commons More migrants, fewer rights?: How shall we balance openness and rights in labour immigration policy? Martin Ruhs, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing series Martin Ruhs 27 Jan 2014
5 Creative Commons The price of rights: regulating international migration Public Seminar Series, Michaelmas term 2013. Seminar by Dr Martin Ruhs (University of Oxford) recorded on 4 December 2013 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Martin Ruhs 14 Jan 2014
6 Creative Commons The Global Governance of International Migration: What Next? A panel discussion hosted by Kellogg College on Friday 29th November 2013. The panellists discuss the global governance of migration, migrant rights and development. Robin Cohen, Paul Collier, Ian Goldin, Cathryn Costello 17 Dec 2013
7 Creative Commons Who needs migrant workers? Controversies in international labour migration The regulation of labour immigration is among the most important and controversial public policy issues in high-income countries. Martin Ruhs 04 Oct 2013
8 Creative Commons The Price of Rights. Labour immigration policy and the rights of migrant workers Martin Ruhs outlines the findings of his new book 'The Price of Rights', discussing the trade off between openness to migrants and access to rights. Martin Ruhs 28 May 2013
9 Economics: which way now? Dr Martin Ruhs introduces the Department's expanding portfolio of economics courses, in the context of the on-going debate about where economics is headed, starting with the world economic downturn. Martin Ruhs 19 Dec 2012
10 Economics: which way now? Dr Martin Ruhs introduces the Department's expanding portfolio of economics courses, in the context of the on-going debate about where economics is headed, starting with the world economic downturn. Martin Ruhs 19 Dec 2012
11 Creative Commons What are the key evidence gaps in Britain's migration debate, and what are the implications for policy? COMPAS Breakfast Briefing Informed public debate and evidence-based policy-making on immigration requires clarity and transparency about what we know and don't know about migration and its impacts. Martin Ruhs, Scott Blinder 16 Aug 2011
12 Creative Commons Who Needs Migrant Workers? - COMPAS Breakfast Briefing Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson (COMPAS, University of Oxford) give a COMPAS Breakfast Briefing on 11th November 2010. Martin Ruhs, Bridget Anderson 11 Mar 2011