Video Duration 47 minutes 28 seconds
From: Head to Head

Immigration: How much is too much?

Economist Paul Collier on why he wants to slow down migration from developing countries and impose stricter controls.

In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Sir Paul Collier, the former head of Development Research at the World Bank, author of Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism, and professor at Oxford University, on the costs and benefits of migration.

People should come, get skills, get education, go back.

Sir Paul Collier

Collier tells Hasan that he is not “advocating stopping migration” but that “too much diversity” leads to an erosion of cooperation in societies that “shows up in much lower levels of trust”.

We explore whether increased migration threatens social cohesion, and ask: Does emigration help or hurt developing countries? Are stricter border controls needed? And what about refugees?

Joining the discussion are:

  • David Goodhart, author of the book The British Dream
  • Philippe Legrain, economist and author of the book Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.
  • Titilola Banjoko, British-Nigerian doctor and advisor to the EU and the UN on migration issues

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