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What is immigration for?

Is a points based system the best way to decide who comes to a country - and should the economy take priority over historic links and family ties?

In his first speech to the British parliament as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promised a “radical” overhaul of the British immigration system modelled on an Australian-style points-based system where applicants are judged on the contribution they could make to the economy. Concerns about immigration are said to be one of the main driving factors behind Brexit - with many voters unhappy with the rapid pace of change in their communities. So, what will be the shape of a future British immigration system? Is a points based system the best way to decide who comes to a country - and should the economy take priority over historic links and family ties? Why is the Australian model so often cited? And what does locking out low skilled immigrants do for a society’s ability to function? Join Chris Morris and guests as they tackle these questions.

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53 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Aug 2019 03:06GMT

Contributors

Neil Anderson - Migration Watch, UK 

Madeleine Sumption - Director, Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford

Demetrious Papademetriou - Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, Washington

Also featuring:

Alexander Downer - Former Australian Foreign Minister

Mohammad Bhuiyan - Bangladeshi-American migrant  

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UK and EU Border signs in London Stansted airport. Credit: Getty Images 

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