The 3 I's: Immigration, Inequality, and Implicit Bias

Location: National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Sponsor: Tufts University, The Fletcher School, Brown University, Columbia University and SIPA, Johns Hopkins and SAIS

Cost: £20 - Online; £25 - At the door (cash only)

How are Trump's US & Brexit's UK immigration policies increasing inequality, and does implicit bias have a role in them?

Join us for our 4th annual Public Affairs Forum.

This year is the 400th anniversary of the first 20 slaves landing in Virginia, while next year will be the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. For 400 years it seems that immigration and inequality have continued to advance hand-in-hand.

The US, the UK and much of Europe have seen an increase in migrants at the same time as domestic economies have been strained. This has caused discontent which manifested itself in Trump being elected president, the UK voting for Brexit, and a resurgence of far right parties in much of Europe and white nationalists in the US. Governments have tried to quell their internal tribulations by blaming “The Other”. Policies intended to protect the national interests have focused on limiting “undesirable” immigration. In reality, these policies have been proven to increase inequality amongst the layers of the population they are purporting to help. Yet they are embraced by many who will feel their negative effects the most.

Is this due to implicit bias, or in some cases resurgence in outright racism? What is being done to improve the situation? What solutions exist? Join us to hear what our panelists have to say:

  • Dana Allin – SAIS Professor and Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
  • Flora Mutuku – Fletcher Law and Diplomacy Alumna, Specialist UK Immigration lawyer with Moorehouse Solicitors
  • Sanj Srikanthan - Senior Vice President & Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC – UK)
  • Kingsley Donaldson: Director of Causeway Institute, military veteran, strategist and co-author of "2020 World of War

Organised by the London alumni chapters of Brown University, Columbia University and SIPA, Johns Hopkins and SAIS, and Tufts University and The Fletcher School.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Panel begins at 7pm followed by Q&A. Drinks and canapes will be served until 10pm.


  • £20 - Online
  • £25 - At the door (cash only)