Evidence Session

Join the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration for our evidence session on immigration.

The APPG members will discuss current government immigration policy and explore where the responsibility for integration should lie. We will hear from some experts on the issue and from people who have experienced the challenges and opportunities of high immigration in their communities.

This meeting is part of the APPG's inquiry into immigration and integration, which is currently accepting written submissions

Speakers will include:

  • The Hon Alexander Downer AC, the High Commissioner of Australia to the United Kingdom. @AusHCUK

The Hon Alexander Downer AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in March 2014. Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus. He has kindly agreed to join us on 5 September to discuss the Australian approach to immigration and integration.

  • Elizabeth Collett, Director of MPI Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration. @migrationliz

Elizabeth Collett is the Founding Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration. She is based in Brussels, and her work focuses in particular on European migration and immigrant integration policy. Elizabeth has kindly agreed to draw on her international and European expertise during the evidence session to look at the future of British immigration policy after Brexit.

  • Councillor Peter Bedford, Conservative Leader of Boston Borough Council. @Bostonboro

Boston, Lincolnshire, was recently reported to be the most divided place in England. It has the highest proportion of Eastern European migrants: 10.6 per cent of the town’s population of 65,000 comes from one of the “new” EU countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Romania. 75.6% of Boston’s population voted for Brexit in the EU referendum – the highest proportion in the country. Councillor Bedford will join us to discuss the situation “on the ground” and share his expert opinion on the state of integration in Boston.

Prof Kaufmann recently completed an ESRC project, Diversity and the White Working Class in England, in partnership with Demos. The work examines the responses of the white British ethnic majority to increasing diversity.Prof Kaufmann's recent books have focused on political demography – the politics of population change. He has a continuing interest in national identity and questions of dominant-group ethnic identity, as well as religious fundamentalism. 

Sunder was general secretary of the Fabian Society think-tank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leader writer and internet editor at the Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan. He also writes for The Guardian and for the New Statesman on topics of identity, immigration, and integration.

September 05, 2016 at 2:45pm - 4:30pm
Committee Room 6
House of Commons
London SW1A OAA
United Kingdom
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