Ethical approaches to immigration policy for a post–Brexit Britain, from a Christian perspective. (2018)
An event co–hosted by Theos, in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Together for the Common Good, examining the roles of the state, religious groups and society in addressing major societal issues.
How should we design a migration policy for the Common Good?
Immigration is arguably the most significant issue affecting the West today, and in the aftermath of the UK’s EU Referendum there is both a need and an opportunity for us to develop a new way of managing the movement of people.
Post Brexit, how should the British state handle migration policy to accommodate the interests of our different communities? How should we approach integration? How should we imagine building a common life together? What would a good immigration policy look like? Building on the new book from Theos and Jessica Kingsley Publishers Fortress Britain: Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain, what would an ethical approach to migration look like today?
Speakers to include:
• David Goodhart. David is Head of Demography, Immigration & Integration at Policy Exchange and author of the best selling The Road to Somewhere: The new tribes shaping British politics.
• Dr Adrian Pabst. Adrian is Reader in Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK, where he also directs the Centre for Federal Studies. His research is at the interface of political thought, political economy, ethics and religion.
• Dr Anne Kershen. Anne was the founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary University, London and the series editor of the the Ashgate (now Routledge) series, Studies in Migration and Diaspora.
• Satbir Singh. Satbir is CEO of JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants). He is is a human rights advocate and campaigner who has been working on issues of access to justice, open government, press freedom and sustainable development in over twenty countries across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa since 2008.
• Kiran Bali MBE JP. Kiran is the chair of URI (United Religions Initiative), she is a climate change and intereligious activist, sits on the advisory council of Migration Watch and became one of Britain’s youngest magistrates in 2007.
This is the first in the series of three public debates, State, Society and the Common Good to be held in partnership by Theos with the Benedict XVI Centre at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Together for the Common Good. The series aims to bring people together to talk about the proper role of the state in generating a good society. In particular, we will be looking at the relationship of government with Migration (2 July 2018), with Church and Community (8 November 2018), and with the Family (7 March 2019).
These events are kindly sponsored by CCLA, one of the UK’s largest charity fund managers.
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Ben Ryan is Home Affairs Adviser at Church of England. He was Head of Research at Theos until late 2019. He is the editor of Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (JKP 2018) and the author of Theos reports on chaplaincy, the EU, the Catholic charity sector, mental health and ecumenism.
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