The Commission

Bright Blue launched a commission to identify and promote new policies and narratives for the centre-right on all different types of immigration, including workers, students, family members and asylum applicants. This evidence informed Bright Blue's Manifesto for Immigration, which recommends policies for election manifestos.

Our commission invited individuals and organisations to submit written evidence with new ideas on narrative and policies on immigration by noon on Monday 18 August 2014. The submissions can be read below.

We also hosted an oral evidence session on Wednesday 24th September 2014, inviting selected experts. This session had a panel of commissioners who interviewed participating experts: David Goodhart (Chair, Advisory Group, Demos), Professor Matthew Goodwin (Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham), Sunder Katwala (Director, British Future), Kate Maltby (Associate Fellow, Bright Blue), Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva (Acting Director, The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford) and Ryan Shorthouse (Director, Bright Blue).

WRITTEN EVIDENCE

Evidence from Amnesty International
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Evidence from Bail for Immigration Detainees
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Evidence from the Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University, and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations,Coventry University
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Evidence from Senior Research Associate and Research Associate, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
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Evidence from Detention Action
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Evidence from the Geological Society
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Evidence from the Institute for Public Policy Research
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Evidence from the Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, Reader in Human Geography at Keele University and Professor of Housing and Public Policy at Sheffield Hallam University
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Evidence from Research and Policy Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Mayor of London
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Evidence from the National Union of Students
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Evidence from the Royal Society of Chemistry
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Evidence from the Science Council
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Evidence from TrustID
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ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION
Wednesday 24th September 2014

10:00-10:45

Business and growth
Simon Walker, General Direction, Institute of Directors
Jonathan Portes, Director, NIESR

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10:45-11:30

Work and poverty
Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations, TUC
Neil Jameson, Chief Executive, Citizens UK
Professor Alan Mannings, Professor of Economics, LSE

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11:45-12:30

Education, research, innovation and skills
Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute, and former Special Adviser, DBIS
Shreya Paudel, International Students' Officer, NUS
Matt Smith, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs

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12:30-13:15

Local communities and public services
Cllr Gary Porter, Leader, LGA Conservatives
Professor Michael Keith, Director, Centre on Migration, Politics and Society, Oxford University

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14:15-15:00

Refugees
Adrian Berry, Chair, Immigration Practioners' Association
Jan Shaw, Refugee Programme Director, Amnesty International UK
Dave Garrett, Chief Executive, Refugee Action

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15:00-15:45

Border control, visas and detention centres
Jerry Petherick, Managing Director, Custodial and Detention Services, G4S
James Slack, Home Affairs Correspondent, Daily Mail

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16:00-16:45

Families and children
Enver Solomon, Director of Policy, National Children's Bureau
Natasha Walter, Chair, Women for Women Refugees
Don Flynn, Chief Executive, Migrant Rights Network

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16:45-17:30

Integration
Dr Nando Sigona, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Birmingham
Sam Freedman, Former Policy Adviser, Department of Education
Professor Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Profressor of Economics, University of Cambridge

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