16/Dec  Immigration: good for whom?

Shooting the Moon - Ian Emes

As the UK prepares to lift working restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians, immigration is back at the top of the political agenda.

Paul Collier, the distinguished Oxford economist, and David Goodhart, director of the think tank Demos, have both recently published controversial books challenging the traditional thinking of the liberal left on immigration. For this high-profile debate, Ritula Shah brings the two men head to head with Susie Symes and other panellists in front of a live audience in Birmingham, one of the country’s most diverse cities.

Goodhart and Collier both argue that there can be such a thing as too much immigration and, left uncontrolled, it has the potential to damage and undermine the values that define British society. Can they face down challenges and persuade the audience in the hall – and listening at home?

Idea Birmingham is pleased to present a Radio 4 debate “Immigration: Good for whom?” led by Paul Collier from the department of economics at Oxford university. Author of the newly published ‘Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century.’
Title of the debate: “Immigration: good for whom?”

Location: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire

Host/Chair: Ritula Shah, Presenter of The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4

Confirmed speakers:

Nazek Ramadan

Director of Migrant Voice and the founder and editor in chief of the ‘Migrant Voice’ newspaper.

Professor Paul Collier

Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at The University of Oxford.
Professor Paul Collier

Professor Paul Collier

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford.  He is also Co-Director of the International Growth Centre and is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’. He advised the British Government on its recent G8, in which corporate tax avoidance and evasion were core concerns.  This work is described in his article in Prospect, April 2013.   Paul is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund.  He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies. Recent books include The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize; Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (Vintage Books, 2009); The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (Penguin, 2010); and Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World, released on 3rd October 2013 (Penguin).


David Goodhart

Director of think tank demos and editor at large, Prospect magazine.
David Goodhart

David Goodhart

David Goodhart, Director of cross-party Thinktank Demos. Author of ‘The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post War Immigration.’

David is the director of Demos. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine, which he set up in 1995. David has grown Prospect into Britain’s leading current affairs monthly and he remains the magazine’s editor-at-large.

David is a prominent figure in public debate in the UK. He is a well-known broadcaster, author, commentator and journalist who regularly contributes to the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Financial Times. Before Prospect, David was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years – including a stint in Germany during the unification period.

David has recently published a book, The British Dream, about postwar multiculturalism, national identity and immigration. He is married to the FT columnist Lucy Kellaway—they have four children and live in Highbury, north London.





Further names to be confirmed.
Shooting the Moon - Ian Emes