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Immigration and the Politics of Britishness - The British Academy Debates - 16 October 2014

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? 

Chair: Toby Helm, Political Editor of the Observer 


Professor Shamit Saggar, University of Essex
Dr Rob Ford, member of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity at the 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

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