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Thinking Allowed: Migration to London and South Africa

Updated Monday, 23rd February 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed features The Open University's Dr Daniel Conway and looks at migration in contrasting contexts

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On this week's programme

Romanian Economic Migrants in London - The British in South Africa:

Migration: the complexities of transnational movement, identity and belonging. Laurie Taylor explores migration in contrasting contexts. He talks to Daniel Briggs, Professor of Criminology at the Universidad Europea, Madrid, about his study of Romanian economic migrants in Britain. Leaving behind the debt and corruption of their home in life in the hope of finding something better, what kinds of lives do they end up living in the UK?

Also, Daniel Conway, Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at the Open University, discusses his research into the lives, histories and identities of white British-born immigrants in South Africa, twenty years after the post-apartheid Government took office.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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