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Migration and Immigration Speakers

America was famously built on inward migration. The UK first introduced legislation to control immigration in 1905. Following World War 2 immigration was encouraged into Britain from the former nations of the empire. The first people to arrive in the UK from the Caribbean on the former German liner Empire Windrush gave the title to the Windrush Generation. By the twenty-first century ‘Windrush’ had become the name of a political scandal as it became clear that dozens of older immigrants had been deprived of legal rights and deported unlawfully.

Across Europe immigration, both legal and illegal migration became a social and political issue as the war in Syria caused millions to flee in search of safety. Migration from sub-Saharan Africa and war in Libya still sees people risking their lives to try and cross the Mediterranean to the EU.

In 2015 the Willkommenskultur refugee policies of Angel Merkel’s government allowed a large number of asylum seekers to settle in Germany. A year later the situation was being described by her some of her political opponents as Flüchtlingskrise – a refugee crisis. And now in 2020, Lebanon is hosting one and a half million refugees. Turkey is hosting more than three million displaced persons.

For more than a century immigration has featured as a major factor in our political discourse. Specialist Speakers on migration speak on the social, political, and economic aspects of the subject.

 
 
 
 
 
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Imran Awan

Author, academic, researcher, commentator and advisor to Government on hate crime, Islam, terrorism and cybercrime and its impact on society.... [more]

 
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David Blunkett

David Blunkett became one of very few blind MPs to reach the front bench and Cabinet, previously chairing the Labour Party nationally and managing education and employment in Tony Blair's first government. ... [more]

 
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Colin Brazier

Interviewing some of the most significant statesmen and women of the last twenty years and reporting from fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Libya.... [more]

 
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Anthony Browne

Anthony Browne is Policy Director for the Mayor of London's office, former director of think tank Policy Exchange, Health Editor, Environment Editor, Deputy Business Editor of the Observer, and Economics Correspondent for BBC TV and radio. He has wri... [more]

 
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John Denham

John Denham speaks about the new identity politics of England, setting cultural and political developments in a comprehensive international context.... [more]

 
Myriam Francois Profile image

Dr Myriam Francois

Dr Myriam Francois is a TV presenter, producer and writer with a focus on current affairs, Islam and France.... [more]

 
Matthew Goodwin Profile image

Matthew Goodwin

Leading authority on extremism, the Eurozone and EU, Brexit and how it may succeed, how we might fight terrorism and what the electorate really think about these issues.... [more]

 
Mehdi Hasan Profile image

Mehdi Hasan

Political Editor for Huffington Post, contributor to The Guardian and The Times and author of Summer of Unrest: the Debt Delusion.... [more]

 
Denis MacShane Profile image

Dr Denis MacShane

Europe expert and political insider specialising in penetrating analysis. Offers frank insight into how ministers and politicians arrive at decisions.... [more]

 
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Anand Menon

Professor Anand Menon is a leading analyst of British and European politics, and one of the UK's foremost commentators on Brexit and the future of the European Union.... [more]

 
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Catrin Nye

Catrin Nye is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary maker and presenter for the BBC with expertise in politics, media, and current affairs.... [more]

 
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Patrick Vernon OBE

Member of Healthwatch England, NHS England Equality Diversity Council, Advisory board member for Time To Change and former Labour and the Coalition government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health.... [more]

 
David Olusoga Profile image

David Olusoga

Historian, broadcaster and film-maker currently presenting a major landmark series for BBC 2 entitled A Black History of Britain.... [more]

 
Peter Rehwinkel Profile image

Dr Peter Rehwinkel

former MP, Senator and Mayor in The Netherlands and now a global crisis management consultant. ... [more]

 
Daniel Sandford Profile image

Daniel Sandford

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent, where he reports on terrorism and crime, policing, prisons and immigration. He was formerly BBC Moscow correspondent.... [more]

 
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Sayeeda Warsi

One of the strongest personalities in British and European politics. A lawyer with a powerful advocacy record and very significant foreign policy experience.... [more]

 
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Amani Zain

Amani Zain brought the Ancient Arab world alive to BBC audiences with What The Ancients Did For Us; the language of the modern Arab world alive in the BBC's (Award Winning) Primary Arabic and the issues of Rural Britain to the fore in Countryfile. ... [more]

 
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Patrick Poivre d'Arvor

Patrick is one of the longest serving and most respected broadcasters in the world. A household name throughout France and Europe. ... [more]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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