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Rustat Report on Global Mobility

Britain has been an internationally oriented country for many centuries, with Saxons, Hugenots, Indians, Aussies, Poles and many more moving to the UK and engaging with its society. Currently, around 1 in 7 people resident in the UK were born overseas, many playing crucial roles across the NHS, businesses, and society more broadly.

At this Rustat Conference, we took stock of human mobility, both in the UK and beyond, while exploring potential future developments. We asked: how are we moving in the 21st Century? How might this evolve as political, economic, climate, and technological, changes occur? How can we take a wider lens on mobility than just physical transiting of a border? On the 30 November 2017, we drew together experts from business, academia, non-government organisations, the media, politics, the tech sector, and the health service to explore mobility in its broadest sense.

In discussing not just how people move physically, but also how our increasingly many identities move across international borders daily, this Conference took a wide lens on human movement. While, at least in the U.K., much of the current discussion of mobility is concerned with human movement in the post-Brexit period, at this Rustat Conference we sought to look more broadly and take stock of the current state of our knowledge and what remains to know about global mobility.

About the Rustat Conference Report

A report on the Conference can be found here. An infographic can be found below or downloaded here.

We would also like to thank our Rustat Conference Members who kindly support the Conferences and the Reports.

Authors: Dr Sarah Steele and Dr Julian Huppert

Infographic Design: Mat Hobson