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Post-Brexit Immigration Policy: Reconciling Public Perceptions with Economic Evidence

Event date
Thursday, 11 October, 2018
Event time
07:30 to 09:15
Event place
Event Type
Offline Event
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Please note this is an invitation only event



There is a consensus that anti-immigration sentiments played a role in the referendum vote. To examine what is behind these attitudes, a team from NIESR and Birkbeck, University of London carried out 12 experimental focus groups with 105 Leave and Remain voters in the town of Sittingbourne in Kent. The research was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


The findings bring new perspectives to the debate on how to reconcile the economics of immigration with public attitudes. The research team will present findings at the event chaired by Channel 4’s Political Editor Gary Gibbon and will be discussed by an expert panel, followed by a Q&A session.



– Heather Rolfe, Associate Research Director for Employment and Social Policy at NIESR

– Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London

Panel Members:

– Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at Kings College London

– Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London

– Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory, University of Oxford

– Phoebe Griffith, Associate Director for Migration, Integration and Communities, IPPR


The event is free to attend, and breakfast will be provided.


Please note: Due to the nature of NIESR’s Grade II listed building, we are unable to provide step-free access to our facilities and the Library is not currently accessible to wheelchair users, or those with limited mobility. We apologise for the inconvenience. Please do let us know in advance how we can assist your visit to the Institute – we are happy to discuss alternative arrangement in order to access our events.