Interesting debate on the influx of both legal and illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa into Europe.
In collaboration with the BBC World News and the Onassis Cultural Centre, Intelligence Squared Greece is staging a singularly topical debate on Europe’s economy, politics and society.
Almost 10% of the inhabitants of the European Union do not live in the country in which they were born—a percentage that equates to over 37 million people .
Although Europe is now entering its eighth year of economic crisis, the waves of immigration from Asia and Africa continue unabated.
Speaking for the motion:
• Douglas Murray, author, director of the Henry Jackson Society
• Makis Voridis, MP, former Minister for Infrastructure, Transportation and Networks
Speakers against the motion:
• Bernard Kouchner, former Foreign Minister of France, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde
• Antigone Lyberaki, Professor of Economics at Panteion University, Board member of ActionAid Greece
Chair: Nik Gowing, journalist with BBC World News
The speakers in favor of immigration claim that Europe needs immigrants and that Europeans have a moral obligation to accept them, while the side against immigration claims that European and national identities are lost if we don't put a hold on immigration.
The debate is held in Greece, coincidentally the country where most immigrants enter Europe and where the extreme right is rapidly growing. Is it time to pull the drawbridge up?