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Immigration and the politics of Britishness

Events • Debate

How does Britain’s cosmopolitan make-up, with its range of communities and diverse cultural values, affect political, legal and other statutory frameworks and policies? To what extent should these different values and beliefs within Britain’s diverse population – the product of centuries of immigration – be taken into account in terms of governance? What are the fundamental principles of ‘Britishness’ and should they always be upheld?

This was the second in the series of British Academy Debates on Immigration.


Professor Shamit Saggar, University of Essex
Dr Rob Ford, Member of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester
Frances Webber, Vice-chair of Institute of Race Relations Council of Management and a former barrister
Don Flynn, Director of the Migrants Rights Network

Chaired by Toby Helm, Political Editor of the Observer

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