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Great Minds: Migrants in the digital age


Oct 25, 2011 - Oct 25, 2011


8 John Adam Street 
London, WC2N 6EZ


Immigration used to involve packing an entire life into a suitcase and moving to a new country for good. Now, with modern communications and transport, it is far more fluid and dynamic. Modern migrants need not lose contact with their old homes; they can keep old ties refreshed; and families can span the globe. Children are schooled for periods abroad and migrants live across multiple worlds.

The old assumptions about immigration – the so-called Ellis Island model of arrival, settlement and assimilation – are dissolving fast. What does this mean for politics and policy? How is such mobility changing our attitudes to integration, identity and belonging? What does it mean for the economy, here and abroad? How can we tell this new story?

The event was followed by a reception sponsored by PwC Legal.

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Author and journalist Robert Winder,
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett,
Journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor and
Development expert Titi Banjoko.