Migration and the Common Good, London (2/7/18)

Migration and the Common Good

2 July 2018

Immigration is arguably the most significant issue affecting the West today. Post Brexit, how should the British State handle migration policy for the Common Good - accommodating the interests of all our different communities?

In partnership with our friends at Theos and the Benedict XVI Centre we invited people of all opinions and backgrounds to join us at St Mary's Church in Putney, historic home of the 1647 Putney Debates, for constructive debate with an expert panel.

Click here or on the image above to view video of the event. 

This was the first in our three-part series of public debates, State, Society and the Common Good, bringing people together to talk about the proper role of the State in generating a good society.

The questions we asked were: what would a good immigration policy look like? How should we approach integration in a way that builds the Common Good? How should we manage the movement of people in a sensible and humane way? How should we build a common life together?

Our speakers (click names to view video clips):

  • David Goodhart Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration at Policy Exchange and author of the best-selling The Road to Somewhere: The new tribes shaping British politics.

  • Dr Adrian Pabst Reader in Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, and co-author (with John Milbank) of The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future.

  • Satbir Singh CEO of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. Human rights advocate in Asia, Middle East and Africa working on access to justice, open government, press freedom and sustainable development.

  • Dr Anne Kershen Founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary University, London, and Series Editor of over 40 books in the Routledge series, Studies in Migration and Diaspora.

  • Kiran Bali MBE JP Chair of United Religions Initiative, a climate change and inter-religious activist who sits on the Advisory Council of Migration Watch. Kiran became one of Britain's youngest magistrates in 2007.

You may also be interested in our blog - Migration and the Common Good

Our next two debates in the series will address the relationship of the State with the Family (8 November 2018) and Church and Community (7 March 2019), also at St Mary's Putney. Booking will open nearer the time - please subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

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This series is kindly sponsored by CCLA, one of the UK's largest ethical fund managers for charities, religious organisations and the public sector.