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How should progressives respond to Europe’s immigration anxieties?

  • Date(s)
    22 September 2008
  • Time
    6.30pm to 8.00pm
  • Location
    Committee Room 3, Town Hall, Albert Square (just outside the entrance to the secure island site), Manchester

Liam Byrne
, immigration and borders minister
Anne Diamantopoulou, former European commissioner for employment and social affairs
Patricia Hewitt, former secretary of state for health
Trevor Philips, chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission
Gary Titley, leader, European Parliamentary Labour Party (chair)

European societies are today facing an immigration dilemma. Threatened by ageing populations and a growing skills gap, the future of European welfare systems and economic competitiveness are said to increasingly rely on high levels of inward migration. However, the economic case in favour of migration is stumbling against growing anti-immigrant public attitudes in almost every European country. How should progressive policymakers respond to this dilemma? Should they be doing more to acknowledge and address the grievances of those who oppose immigration? Or can progressives build a new popular narrative that both acknowledges the economic rewards of migration and combats feelings of xenophobia and alienation?

This event was held by Policy Network in partnership with the European Parliamentary Labour Party.

If you would like further information on this event please contact Jade Groves, events assistant at jgroves@policy-network.net.

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