Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)

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Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)

We’ve teamed up with researchers from the London School of Economics for this course consisting of 6 episodes, each one centred around a seemingly impossible idea.

What is a seemingly impossible idea, you ask? We’ve challenged each of our lecturers to propose an idea about migration that appears self-evident to them but is missing, misunderstood, or misinterpreted in public conversation.

Remember that quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice and the Looking Glass?

Alice laughed. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

What to expect:

  • One email a day over 6 days
  • 5-10 minutes learning per day
  • Recommendations for further learning

In this course:

Suzi Hall, LSE Cities, walks us through her research on ordinary streets in UK cities that challenges the perceptions of migrants as a burden;
Alan Manning, LSE Economics, settles the question as to whether migrants take jobs from natives, then offers policy advice;
Chandran Kukathas, LSE Government, links the issue of immigration control with political freedom for a country’s own citizens;
Ruben Andersson, Oxford University, and until recently LSE International Development, uses an ethnographic approach to dispute the need for more border security;
Myria Georgiou, LSE Media, offers an analysis of the media’s reporting on the refugee crisis throughout Europe and what’s missing in the narrative;
Dominik Hangartner, LSE Government, summarises his new, quantitative research on the effectiveness of migration policies.

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This series was produced in collaboration with LSE’s Institute of Global Affairs and its Global Migration Initiative.

This series was made possible with financial support from an LSE Knowledge Exchange Heif 5 Grant.