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Nottingham Talks: Immigration in 2018 Britain

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An event trying to bring unity to one of the most divisive issues in the UK right now.


Immigration Education Nottingham (IEN) is a University based group which has been working since March 2017 to create a more open and informed conversation on immigration in the UK in the post-Brexit period, starting in the City of Nottingham.

Alongside our success working local schools, we are proud to announce that in coalition with our friends over at ELSA (The European Law Student's Association) and NILS (The Network For International Law Students) and being supported financially by Near Neighbours, IEN will be hosting the largest public assembly event in the UK getting the people of Nottingham and some of the UK's best migration experts to talk honestly and openly about some of the most important issues and concerns related to immigration's role and future in our country.

Bringing together migration experts from all across the UK to speak with the general public across a series of three debates throughout the morning/afternoon on Saturday April 21st, we hope to finally hand back the debate on immigration to the UK public, and to stimulate open and informed public discussion on what is becoming an increasingly polarized and divisive social and political issue in our society.

This event is open to members with strong or weakly held ideas about immigration. It is open to people with pro, anti or middle of the road ideas and viewpoints, and it will be an assembly which will encourage debate (rather than hate) between differing ideas, and so we encourage anyone interested in the topic to attend.

Take part, this April 21st! Event schedule below.

The Nottingham Talks Team.



11 - Arrival and Welcome Speech

11.30 - 12.30- Discussion 1 : The UK Vetting System​​

A discussion which will be looking to respond to public concerns about the ease of the UK's migration system, feelings surrounding insufficient backgrounds checks for potential criminality on those entering the UK, and an overall sense that the UK system is not providing for good quality migration to enter its borders in comparison to alternative models - for example, the stronger Australian points based model. This panel will explore what the UK vetting system is, where it succeeds and fails as a national model and how we can improve it moving forward. ​

Guest Speakers For the Panel:​

Mark Lilley-Tams - Director and Immigration Specialist at Paragon Law Lmtd.
Sally McEwen- Senior Caseworker in Asylum at Paragon Law Lmtd.

12.45-1.45 - Discussion 2: The Socio-Economic Impact of UK Migration ​

A discussion that is seeking to respond to public concerns about the effect of migration on the social and economic wellbeing for UK citizens, particularly in relation to jobs and wages in our country, and the additional pressure felt by key public services such as the NHS and welfare in recent years. This discussion will seek to explore the socio-economic impact of migration on the lives of UK citizens over the past decades to see where we have won and lost surrounding these indicators, and will look at how the UK can improve in the future in order to maximise the benefits brought by immigration, while minimising the negative impacts in relation to socio-economic impacts.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Sara Lemos, Lecturer of Economics at the University of Leicester and Researcher on the economics effects of migration
Dr Simonetta Longhi, Associate Professor at the University of Reading and researcher on migration
Greta Morando, Senior Research Associate at the University College London and Research Affiliate at the University of Essex
1-45 - Lunch

2.15-3.15 - Discussion 3: Immigration and Integration in UK Communities

A discussion responding to public concerns surrounding the general perception of growing threat to our nation's identity, culture, values and community cohesion felt to be related to potentially overwhelming amounts of diversity becoming part of our country in recent decades. This discussion will address the state of integration in the UK, looking at whether diversity is the reason for the divisions being seen across UK communities and then looking at what we can do to improve unity and strength of UK communities moving forward in the immigration debate. ​Guest Speakers:

Tariq Modood, Professor at the University of Bristol and Founding Director of the University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Dr Alita Nandi, Research Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research
Dr Magda Borkowska, Senior Research Officer, Institute for Social and Economic Research
3 - Closing Remarks