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Policy Forum: Europe’s migration crisis? 22 March 2016, RGS-IBG

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Europe’s migration crisis?

21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum
Tuesday 22 March 2016: 5.30pm – 7.30pm (with the opportunity to stay for dinner until 9.30pm)

Join the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for a lively panel discussion (5.30pm – 7.30pm), with the opportunity to stay for dinner (7.30pm – 9.30pm) to explore the challenges and opportunities presented to the UK by high levels of migration. This event is the third in the 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum series, aimed at bridging the gap and promoting knowledge exchange between geographical evidence, practice and policy.

Net migration has exceeded 100,000 a year, every year since 1998. With the number of migrants entering the UK unlikely to decrease, at least in the short to medium term, how can the UK adjust to the new reality of high net migration, ensuring the best possible outcomes for the UK’s economy, society and for migrants themselves?

Questions posed include:

– How can understanding the dynamics of migration, migrants’ origins and their experiences, help policy-makers in Europe and the UK respond appropriately to – increasing international migration?
– What are the impacts – positive and negative – of increasing net migration on the UK at different geographical scales?
– What are the realities of the impacts on productivity, jobs and services?

Speakers confirmed include Professor Heaven Crawley, Chair in International Migration at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and Dr Max Nathan, Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Further speakers to be confirmed.

Who should attend? Policy-makers, the business community, practitioners, academics, NGOs and other interested professionals. We encourage you to contribute your knowledge and expertise to the discussion.

Registration: Click here to find out more about the event and how to register.

Pass it on: If you know others who would be interested in attending this event, please send this invitation on to them.

The discussion will start promptly at 5.50pm at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Refreshments and networking from 5.30pm – 5.50pm.

For further information about the 21st Century Challenges series, including our public panel discussions, please visit our website.

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