Globalisation & Migration

Jan 17, 2012 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Margaret Hodge MP has agreed to host a meeting at the House of Commons on Globalisation and Migration.
Global migration will become an ever-important factor in the next decades of the 21st century and some believe inevitable. It will affect every country and Europe particularly will be on the front line. The impact of growing populations, climate change and resource shortages will create huge movements of people across the globe. It has been estimated that by 2050, 85 million people from Africa will be forced to migrate.
If there is inevitability about this then the great debate should not be about whether we allow or stop it but how it is managed so that the human rights of migrants are protected, the genuine concerns of host communities valued and social cohesion maintained. This will need imagination and a change in culture for us all.
Political parties and many politicians have shied away from discussing this as openly as they should and this has had a negative effect on policy formation and left a vacuum for extreme views to cascade in.
We have asked Margaret Hodge to host this meeting as in the last General Election she faced down a strong challenge from the British National Party and this has made her think deeply about social cohesion. She held several positions in the last Labour Government and before that had an active local government life. Some of her views are controversial but she has started a debate that is necessary. Also speaking will be,
Don Flynn, the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) Director, leads the organisation's strategic development and coordinates MRN's policy and project work. He is a regular and sought-after speaker at conferences, seminars and lectures on behalf of MRN. Don researched and founded MRN after many years experience of working with migrant community organisations through his previous roles as Policy Officer with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and as an immigration caseworker in London. He also chairs the UK Race and Equality Network (UKREN) and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).
Ted Cantle is Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) and an Associate Director of the IDeA. He now works exclusively for both organisations on the community cohesion agenda. Ted Cantle was the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council between 1990 and 2001, with responsibility for 15,000 staff, and a budget of £600 million. Has written a book - Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Race and Diversity.
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