• In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the UK, POST and the University of Southampton are re-launching this event as a series of public and closed webinars on migration, that will take place throughout the month of November.
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About this event

Migration is multidimensional, complex and uncertain. In the UK, the topic of migration is one of the most debated issues facing both policymakers and the British public. Many members of the UK Parliament are deeply interested in migration and its implications, not only for the economy, but also for society and local communities. However, people have different opinions on migration, which is similarly reflected among policymakers. As the Government plans its new immigration policy, it is extremely important to bring evidence and impartial independent research to the UK Parliament to help inform good policy debate and contribute to well-informed policies in advance of upcoming legislation scrutiny.

In November, a series of online public events and closed briefings will bring together UK parliamentarians and policy officials with responsibility for migration, representatives from UK universities and the third sector.

The first two webinars are open to the public and anyone can register.

The final three webinars are closed briefings and will only be open to Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff. While anyone can register their interest for the closed briefings and ensure they receive a summary of the event after its completion, only those registered with a @parliament.uk email address will be invited to attend on the day.

Webinar programme

3 November 2020, 11:00 to 12:30

Public webinar A: Economy, society and migration

  • Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of Migration Division, OECD
  • Prof Jane Falkingham, Director of ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton
  • Prof Brian Bell, King’s College London, Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee
  • Becca Briggs, Migration Statistics Division, Office for National Statistics

6 November 2020, 11:00 to 12:30

Public webinar B: Forecasting migration

  • Prof Jakub Bijak, Joint Head of Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton
  • Prof Laura Hammond, Head of the London International Development Centre’s Migration Leadership Team, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Prof Richard Black, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Jon Simmons, Deputy Director for Analysis on Migration and Border Policy, Home Office

13 November 2020, 11:00 to 12:30

Closed briefing 1: Migration and access to healthcare

  • Prof Gillian Bentley, Durham University, Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
  • Dr Alan Mitchell, General Medical Practitioner at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre and Member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
  • Dr Miriam Orcutt, Senior Research Fellow, Director of Lancet Migration
  • Dr Ines Campos-Matos, Head of Migration Health, Public Health England

20 November 2020, 11:00 to 12:30

Closed briefing 2: Migration, skills and the labour market

  • Frank Bowley, Head of Further Education data and Analysis, Department for Education
  • Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory, Oxford University and member of the Migration Advisory Committee
  • Dr Heather Rolfe, independent researcher, former Director of Research at Demos
  • Additional speakers to be confirmed

27 November 2020, 11:00 to12:30

Closed briefing 3: Migration, communities and housing

  • Prof. Christine Whitehead, OBE, London School of Economics
  • Dr Filipa Sá, King’s College London
  • Dr Michael Skey, Loughborough University
  • Dr Nik Lomax, University of Leeds

Join us online

You can join as many webinars as you like.


Public Policy|Southampton (PPS) is the University of Southampton’s public policy research unit, established to support researchers in engaging with policymakers and increase the policy impact of their research. Utilising the various skills within the team, PPS builds and maintains strategic partnerships through bespoke event management, social media campaigns, secondments of University staff and PhD students into Parliament and Government, and training for researchers and policymakers. PPS’ core aim is to ‘change the world for the better’ by engaging policymakers with evidence.

ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) is a joint partnership between Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews and Stirling, in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and the National Records of Scotland. Our work investigates how and why global population is changing and what this means for people, communities and policymakers. CPC is a leading national hub for academic expertise on migration and provides impartial evidence-based analysis of data to generate high quality research on migration and public policy issues. The Centre is led by Jane Falkingham OBE, Professor of Demography and International Social Policy and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.