Department of Political Science


Integrating immigrants: how can European countries do better?

21 March 2024, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

A group of cartoon people of mixed ethnicity and gender

Part of the UCL Policy & Practice seminar series.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


Malet Place
Gower Street
United Kingdom

In this Policy and Practice event we will delve into the multifaceted issues surrounding the integration of immigrants in European countries. We will consider the cultural, social and economic barriers faced by immigrants, and the political pressures that sustain and, in some cases, strengthen these barriers. Participants from academia, civil society and party politics will explore effective policies to foster immigrant integration and consider how policies and strategies may need to evolve to address emerging challenges. 

Meet the speakers
David Laitin
is James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Among his wide-ranging research contributions, Professor Laitin has studied issues of immigrant integration in Europe. He conducted ethnographic, survey and experimental research on Muslim integration into France, culminating in a book entitled Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies (2016). In 2016, he became co-director of Stanford's Immigration Policy Lab, and has co-authored several papers in leading journals estimating the effects of policy on immigrant integration.  

Marley Morris is Associate Director, Migration, Trade and Communities, at the Institute for Public Policy Research. His research includes studies on the new points-based immigration system, the impacts of the 'hostile environment', the distributional effects of Brexit, and public attitudes to immigration and trade. He has written numerous reports, articles and policy briefings on these topics, and regularly provides expert analysis for the national and international press and for broadcast media.  

Christabel Cooper is Director Research at Labour Together. She spent fifteen years working as a data analyst in the private sector, specialising in Big Data. She has also worked with DataPraxis, particularly in analysing the 2019 General Election result, and carried out extensive research and polling with YouGov after the Brexit referendum. She was formerly a Labour councilor in Hammersmith and Fulham. 

Chair: Dr Alex Hartman is Associate Professor in Political Science in the Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, UCL. 

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The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
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There is space for an assistance dog.
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