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PLCY 110 Week 6 Notes: Refugees and Corruption

by: Victoria Snow

PLCY 110 Week 6 Notes: Refugees and Corruption 110

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This week we finished the discussion on refugees and talked about the New York Declaration, policies for refugees in the receiving countries, and the differences between descriptive and causal rese...
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Date Created: 10/10/16
PLCY 110 Week 6 Refugees:Lecture 2 9/27/16 9/19: Summit for refugees and migrants at the UN #UN4RefugeesMigrants- good to look into if you have a chance New YorkDeclaration: - Protecthumanrightsof allrefugeesandmigrants o Women’srightsandhelpfindsolution - Ensureeducationofchildrenofrefugees - Preventandrespondtosexualandgenderviolence - Supportthosecountriesrescuing,receivingandhostinglargenumbersofrefugeesand migrants. - Work towardsendingthepracticeofdetainingchildren forthepurposesofdetermining theirmigrationstatus. - Condemnxenophobia - Strengthenthepositivecontributionsmadebymigrantstoeconomicandsocial developmentintheirhostcountries. - Improvethedeliveryofhumanitariananddevelopmentassistanceto thosecountriesmost affected,includingthroughinnovativemultilateralfinancialsolutions,withthegoalof closingallfundinggaps. - Implementacomprehensiverefugeeresponse,basedonanewframeworkthatsetsoutthe responsibilityofMemberStates,civilsocietypartnersandtheUNsystem,wheneverthereis alargemovementofrefugeesoraprotractedrefugeesituation. - FindnewhomesforallrefugeesidentifiedbyUNHCRas needingresettlement;andexpand theopportunitiesforrefugeestorelocate toothercountriesthrough,forexample,labour mobilityoreducationschemes. - StrengthentheglobalgovernanceofmigrationbybringingtheInternationalOrganization forMigrationintotheUN system. Weaknesses ofNYDeclaration: - General specific - New solutions- doesn’t have any - Lackof new understanding of “Persecution” - Consequences for noncompliance- doesn’t have any - Cross-national coordination o Ex: assessing refugees-wherethey are, where they go,status - It’s very reactive, insteadof proactive/beyond relief Refugee PolicyTools in Receiving Countries: - Border control-limiting “illegal” immigration - Resettlement/integration innew place - Immediate needs (camps) - Quotas-limiting #s by country, skill level,Englishknowledge - Visa restrictions-restricting time of visas,adjusting categories ofvisas,raising requirements to obtain visas - Employer Restrictions/Incentives-Restricting and imposing costs on employing immigrants or insteadproviding incentives to help “match” immigrants to opportunities - Benefits Restrictions/Promotion- limiting or subsidizing services - Resettlement support- languagelessons,housing searches,paying forflights DescriptivevsCausalResearch Descriptive-describeswhat ishappening,“snapshot”ofdata  Depict patterns, methods canbe used to describe evidence  Article about newspapers  Shows that there is negativethoughts on refugees  There is divisive“us vs.them” mentality  For research paper: methods canbe used to describeevidence Causal- attempt to determinecauseand effect  Depict causal relationshipb/w variables  For research paper: what we want to do inpape o Determine causeand effectof policy Definitely read articles fortoday- WILLBEONEXAM- Johnsonchapter1: 40ed-9c7f-7d8b7790a678/Readings/September%2029/Johnston%20Ch.%201.pdf And Collier chapter 5 Criteria for CausalRelationship: - Temporal precedence  no reverse causality - Covariation of causeand effect,but not spurious o Causeand effectgo together always (when there is no cause,there is no effect) - No plausiblealternative explanations no common cause o 90% of our paper rd o No alternative explanation (3 variable) o Discuss selectionbias o Prove your cases arevery similar(selectionbias)sothere is no 3 variable o Think: “What evidence would make me think otherwise?” - Example: o There was research done that saidgoing on a honeymoon could decreasethe chance of divorce o Saying that not going on a honeymoon causes divorce o Several plausibleexplanations for this:  Honeymoons Improve Marriage  Causal Relationship  Marriage Improves Honeymoons  ReverseCausality  Something ElseAffects Marriageand Honeymoons  Common Cause  Marriage and Honeymoons Covary by Chance  Spurious Correlation Corruption:Lecture 1 9/29/16 Corruption is definedas anindividual illicitlyputting their personal interests above those of the people they have to serve Self-interest not tapped for public purpose Useof public officeforprivategain—Self-interest Individual forms of corruption: - Embezzlement- theft of public funds - Bribery- taking payment for serice  quid pro quo exchange - Maybe- o Inefficiency-likeofficials with2 jobs (cannot spend adequate time and energy into their public office job) o Failing to follow procedures and rules not being monitored so no consequences  Nepotism or favoritism with friends’ companies o Taxrate manipulation o Nepotism- unqualified person or person not competing for job - Does it have to be illegal?Havea negativeeffect? Haveto be documented? - Separate from society-level “syndromes” of corruption as discussedinJohnston’s book What causes corruption?  Lackof transparency and oversight  Individual differences of people  Financial incentive/economic need  Nigeria:very corrupt becausenew governemtn o Corrupt culture/beliefs  Asymetric info b/w officals andcitizens  Limited oversight and few consequences  Culture- Gift giving or patronage o In Malawi,people thank leaders by giving gifts (not corrupt) but canget blurry (bc officials maybegin to do things solelyfor those gifts, or not do things when they do not get gifts) o Havet-shirts that say“corruption is not our culture”  Quote from evaluation officer: “poorsalaries lead to corruption” Whyis it a policy issue? - Expensivefor societies - Marginalizes groups of citizens - Barrier to development o There is a researched negative relationship between country’s economy and level of corruptness - Barrier to government effectiveness o Aid theft/Diversion Corruption isexpensive!  In Malawi,82% saycorruption problem in district  40% income from corruption  70% officials corrupt in lastsixmonths  7% - 28% of transactions involve corruption Corruptionisatax - Researchin Malawi was done to look atbribery from taxi drivers to police officers o Powerful rich people (portrayed as taxi drivers) paid less inbribes than poorly portrayed people o 93% of drivers were stopped, and 2/3 of those paid a bribe Corruption impedesgovernment efficiency - Take resources from aid for their own personal gain


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