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Migration and the rise of nationalist right-wing parties: confrontation, isolation or engagement?

  • Date(s)
    11 March 2010
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On 11th March, Policy Network, in partnership with The Migration Initiative at the University of Copenhagen, held a seminar on “Migration and the rise of nationalist right-wing parties: confrontation, isolation or engagement?”

The seminar explored the causes and consequences of the rise of nationalist right-wing parties with anti-immigrant platforms such as the Danish People’s Party, the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, and the British National Party in the UK. What are the underlying causes of the surge in voter support for these parties? Is the current economic downturn a key factor? Or are other factors – including political distrust and cultural anxiety – more important determinants? What are the strategic options facing mainstream parties in light of these developments, and how successful have their responses been so far?

Read the seminar report here.

Speakers included, amoung others:

Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University

Matthew Goodwin, research fellow in the Institute of Political and Economic Governance (IPEG) at the University of Manchester,UK

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, member of the Dutch parliament and immigration spokesperson for the Labour Party (PvdA)

Astrid Krag, member of the Danish Folketinget and spokesperson on integration for the Socialist People’s Party

Montserrat Guibernau, professor of politics at Queen Mary University London, UK

Jorgen Goul Anderson, professor of political sociology, Aarhus University, Denmark

David Goodhart, founder and editor of Prospect magazine

Mary Dejevsky, chief editorial writer and columnist for The Independent

By bringing together an international group of leading scholars, policy advisers, NGO representatives and politicians, the seminar offered a unique opportunity to move beyond one-dimensional explanations of the increasing popularity of nationalist right-wing parties in order to provide an adequate response to the challenges facing mainstream parties across Europe.

This seminar forms part of the research programme on managing migration in times of economic turbulence, kindly supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

If you are interested in this event, or for more information on the research programme, please contact Elvira Thissen, policy researcher at Policy Network, on ethissen@policy-network.net or tel. + 44 (0)20 7340 2203.

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