Have been very busy all week, indeed too busy to blog until today, a day when so far I've done nothing remotely interesting enough to report on. On that basis I could do what newspapers do in August, write something really silly or make something up, but then don't some of them do that all the time. However what I am going to do is to go back into the last couple of days.
Spent Monday at an International Cities of Migration conference. I was speaking in the morning session but stayed to listen to the afternoon sessions, one on migrants and the media, the other on the economic ( almost entirely positive ) impact of migration. What's happening in Arizona and their draconian anti-immigration measures came up, measures even more remarkable because of course if you removed all illegal or descendants of illegal immigrants from Arizona, the only people left would be the native Americans. It's also worth noting that the world's biggest economy is one that is and has historically been one hundred per cent dependent on immigration, not all of it voluntary. I was also struck that we are increasingly moving into an era where people born in one country will live and work in a number of countries over their lifetime. More or less what people used to do before countries where invented. Was going to add bits about Tuesday and Wednesday but think I'll leave that until tomorrow because I'm not doing anything particularly interesting then either ( going to London and already looking forward to the return journey ).