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We are delighted to invite you to a Bright Blue and British Future half-day online conference entitled What next for immigration?, which will be held on Monday 24th May 2021 from 11:00am. This conference will open with a keynote speech from the Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP.

The Home Secretary will set out the next stage of the Government’s end-to-end reform of the asylum, borders and visas system as part of the New Plan for Immigration, including:

  • Plans for the asylum system
  • The digitisation of the UK border system
  • The points-based immigration system

If you would like to submit a question to the Home Secretary, please send it by 12pm on Sunday 23rd May 2021 to Weronika Patyk, our Events and Operations Manager, on weronika@brightblue.org.uk. Please state your name and organisation when you submit your question.

Agenda:

11.00am Welcome remarks by Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue
11.05am Keynote speech by The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary
11.25am Q&A with audience
11.45am Closing remarks

12.00pm – 13.15pm Migration for work: beyond Brexit and COVID-19

  • Madeleine Sumption, Director, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford
  • Salma Shah, Former Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid
  • Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Business
  • Brendan Ryan, Chief Executive, Nomadic
  • Heather Rolfe, Head of Research and Relationships, British Future
  • CHAIR: Nikita Malik, Deputy Director, Bright Blue

13.30pm – 14.45pm Refugees and asylum protection: challenges ahead

  • David Simmonds MP, Member, Education Select Committee
  • Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Enver Solomon, Chief Executive, The Refugee Council
  • Arten Llazari, CEO, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Black Country and Birmingham
  • Professor Alex Betts, Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford
  • CHAIR: Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

Date:

Monday 24th May 2021, 11:00am – 14:45pm

RSVP:

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required via Eventbrite. Details of how to join the conference will be confirmed with guests nearer the date.