• In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the UK, POST and the University of Southampton have concluded that it is in the interest of attendees, speakers, and observers to postpone this event.
  • We are currently exploring alternative dates in summer and autumn 2020.

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.

This public conference will bring together UK parliamentarians and policy officials with responsibility for migration, representatives from UK universities and the third sector.

Two public seminars will bring leading experts to discuss the economic and social aspects of migration, and explore migration models.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided, and the event will conclude with a drinks reception and exhibition, to allow networking and further discussion.

A series of closed briefings for parliamentarians and staff will take place from 15:45 to 17:15.

Registration and coffee start at 11:00.

Lunch will take place at 13:00.

Refreshments will be served at conclusion at 15:15.

After the public seminars three parallel closed briefings will take place. These are only open to MPs, Members of the House of Lords, and parliamentary staff. To register for these briefings please email postevents@parliament.uk

The closed briefings will start at 15:45 until 17:15.

11:30 Economic and social aspects of migration

  • Jay Lindop, Deputy Director of the Centre for International Migration, ONS
  • Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of Migration Division, OECD
  • Prof. Jane Falkingham, Director of ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton
  • Madeleine Sumption, the Migration Observatory and COMPAS, Oxford University

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Modelling and forecasting migration

  • Jon Simmons, Deputy Director for analysis on Migration and Border Policy, Home Office
  • Prof. Jakub Bijak, joint Head of Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton
  • Prof. Laura Hammond, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • TBC

15:15 Refreshments and networking

15:45 Parallel closed briefings

Closed briefing 1: Migration and skills

  • Prof. Jackie Wahba, MAC member, Department Research Director, University of Southampton
  • Frank Bowley, Head of Further Education data and Analysis, Department for Education
  • Prof. Michael Kelly, University of Southampton
  • Dr Heather Rolfe, Director of Research at Demos

Closed briefing 2: Migration and health

  • Prof. Ines Campos-Matos, Head of Migration Health, Public Health England
  • Prof. Gillian Bentley, Durham University, Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
  • Dr Miriam Orcutt, Director of Lancet Migration
  • Dr Alan Mitchell, Medical Expert

Closed briefing 3: Migration and housing

  • Prof. Christine Whitehead, OBE, London School of Economics
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (representative TBC)
  • Dr Nik Lomax, University of Leeds
  • Dr Filipa Sá, King’s College London
  • Michael Skey, Loughborough University


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.

Public Policy|Southampton (PPS) is a UKRI recognised research facility that functions to enhance the local, national and international public policy impact of research conducted at the University of Southampton. Utilising the various skills within the team, PP|S 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. PP|S’ core aim is to ‘change the world for the better’ by engaging policymakers with evidence.