Nobel Prize laureates proposes open border policies

Several Nobel Prize winners are advocating for open borders to aid the advancement of science.

James Smith | Oct 06, 2016

Several Nobel Prize winners are advocating for open borders to aid theadvancement of science.

A growing anti-immigration sentiment has grown recently in such places as continental Europe and the United States of America. These concerns have been compounded by the largest refugee totals recorded in the history of the world. Some countries have had internal conflict surrounding whether to open their doors to such refugees or immigration in general.

Nobel Prize laureates are now speaking out on their feelings on the issue. Six of the 2016 Nobel laureates that are connected to United States universities areimmigrants. Five of them emigrated from Britain and one from Finland. British advocates see their voices coming in the wake of the Brexit, a large component of which was driven by a desire to tighten borders.

Five of them were born in Britain, and one in Finland; they hold positions on campuses including Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University.

"I think the resounding message that should go out all around the world is that science is global. It's particularly pertinent to have these discussions in view of the political climate on both sides of the pond at the moment.... I think the United States is what it is today largely because of open borders,"said 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, professor at Northwest University, and native Finn, Sir James Fraser Stoddart."I got colleagues saying 'Don't you know that our people are better?' " he said of his early careerin Britain. "When you get people from Messina or Madrid moving to a cold place like Sheffield, they're serious about science.... It's better for everyone."

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