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At The Freedom Festival one of the key debates will be on immigration and whether we need more or less of it. This will be a debate where both sides are highly passionate and have very credible arguments for and against the motion of supporting more migration. We feel this debate is necessary because of the political, social and economic implications caused by immigration and the positives and negatives of these aspects need to be addressed.
Arguing in favour of the motion is Dr Tim Evans has worked for the Adam Smith Institute and as an advisor for the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 1991-92. He has argued that immigration makes us wealthier and that immigrants put more into the system than they take out. He also believes that the right to live and work anywhere is a fundamental aspect of the free market.
Andrew Silvester is the Senior Parliamentary Affairs Officer of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and will also be in favour of the motion. The IoD is in favour of more open borders which they believe will increase the UK’s economic output and is good for businesses. Andrew has expressed on Twitter that more homes and schools should be built to accommodate the rising population that the UK is facing.
Against the motion is Ted Bromund, a senior research fellow for The Heritage Foundation which is a conservative think tank based in the United States. Bromund is an expert on UK relations with the EU and international organisations. In an article in the Yorkshire Post he was very critical of the open door policy and blamed it for the strain it places on housing and public services like schools and hospitals. He also believes that the United Kingdom should be able to pick talent from the rest of the world and not just Europe.
He will be joined by UKIP MEP, Roger Helmer, who will argue that immigration, is a working class issue and it keeps wages down. Like Ted Bromund, Roger Helmer has called for controlled immigration on a similar basis to what Australia and Canada have at the moment which he has expressed in various news outlets like the Lincolnshire Echo and in a debate at the Cambridge Union Society.
This debate will be a brilliant opportunity for you to voice your opinion and add to what promises to be a very lively and spirited debate from two experts who feel very strongly on this subject.
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