Today, Wednesday 4 March, Demos launches Knowledge Nomads: Why science needs migration, the final installment in it's Atlas of Ideas series. Knowledge Nomads argues that migration is important for both Britain and global science and innovation.
Knowledge nomads are highly skilled and highly mobile people. Innovative economies need them, but Britain risks damaging its reputation for scientific excellence unless Government calms it’s anti-immigration tone, warns the pamphlet. Highly-skilled individuals and multinational companies could be deterred by anti-immigration rhetoric and the stricter visa controls recommended by Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith late last month.
Knowledge Nomads recommends that government should put more effort into attracting these experts, as well as encouraging British scientists to travel abroad to develop their skills in foreign environments. Migration means brain gain, not brain drain.
Knowledge Nomads: Why science needs migration will be launched on Wednesday, 4th March 2009 at 5:45pm at the The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL.
Caroline Wagner, David Roblin, and Richard Reeves will join James Wilsdon in discussing the UK's ability to attract talent in a highly-competitive global market, particularly in light of recent changes to UK immigration rules.
For more information contact Beatrice Karol Burks 020 7367 6325 or Peter Harrington 020 7367 6338