The EU is stepping up its common approach towards immigration policies, and immigration is one of the priorities of the current French presidency. But do the policies adopted respond to Europe’s needs? The newly approved "return directive", for instance, allows governments to detain illegal migrants for up to 18 months. Beyond a question of fundamental human rights, is an approach based on restricting migration economically sound in today’s ageing and increasingly services-oriented European societies? While the focus has long been on the costs of immigration to Europe’s welfare states, an increasing number of studies are suggesting that freer international migration could bring huge economic benefits to Europe.
Our guest speaker at this lunch seminar, Philippe Legrain, will discuss how we could develop innovative and effective ways to harness the potential of immigration. Legrain is author of ‘Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them’, and a cutting-edge analyst of immigration policy. His book was shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and has received wide global media coverage.
A light lunch will be served.
RSVP by October 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited space available.