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The Economist Debate: "For Britain to thrive, it needs many more migrants"

Britain draws migrants from all over Europe, and beyond. Is this a cause for celebration or complaint? This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so registration is strongly recommended.

Newspapers describe “record” numbers of immigrants now in Britain, including hundreds of thousands of East Europeans in search of work. Britain, unlike most of the EU, has already opened its borders to those who wish to move here from the new member states. London, in particular, draws migrants from all over Europe, and beyond. Is this a cause for celebration or complaint? Is Britain, with an ageing population, dependent on welcoming far greater numbers of foreign workers? Do ever larger numbers of migrants threaten to undermine British values, lower wages of the poorest, put a strain on the welfare system and cause social friction? Or do migrants help the economy thrive, enrich British society and make diverse cities like London ever more attractive?


Mr John Ross | talks


Date and Time:

8 March 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



City Hall
The Queen's Walk
020 7830 7112

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The Economist
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