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Exceptional People: how migration shaped our world and will define our future


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Speaker(s): Professor Ian Goldin
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer

Recorded on 11 October 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

Migration has played a critical role in human history--the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and the movement of people across oceans and continents has fuelled economies. In this lecture which draws on the issues raised in the book Exceptional People Ian Goldin shows how migrants in today's world connect markets, fill labour gaps, and enrich social diversity. Migration also allows individuals to escape destitution, human rights abuses, and repressive regimes. Goldin argues that current migration policies are based on misconceptions and fears about migration's long-term contributions and social dynamics and looks at ways that future policies might allow societies to effectively reap migration's opportunities while managing the risks of the twenty-first century.

This event celebrates Goldin's latest book Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future.

Ian Goldin is director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, and professorial fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank's Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank's senior management team, and was directly responsible for its relationship with the UK and all other European, North American and developed countries. Goldin led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, Goldin played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela. His many books include Globalization for Development. Born in South Africa, Goldin has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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