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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 Please state your name and organisation when you submit your question.


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


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


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.