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BBC News will examine people movement and their impact on economies

MUMBAI: On 16 May, BBC News will host a day of special live coverage examining how the movement of people is changing the world we live in and how our economies develop.

BBC News World On The Move will be broadcast from the BBC Radio Theatre across some of the BBC’s best-known shows, including Radio 4’s Today programme and Start The Week, alongside a live topical radio drama.

As one of the most dominant, global issues of our time, the discussion will impartially cover how migration is changing our world, and draw the BBC’s global audience into the conversation on the day.

A range of speakers from different sides of the arguments will set out the most important new ideas shaping our thinking on economic development, security and humanitarian assistance, live on TV, radio and online.

The UNHCR’s Special Envoy and Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt will give a keynote address on the global refugee crisis at BBC Broadcasting House. The session will be hosted by ‘Today’ presenter Mishal Husain and be broadcast live on Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC World News.

MI6 DG Sir Richard Dearlove will be discussing how a World on the Move impacts on security.

The day, co-ordinated by the ‘Today’ programme team, will be bookended by live Radio 4 outside broadcasts. In the morning, John Humphrys and Sarah Montague will look at how reverse migration has seen Asian people return to their countries of origin to promote economic growth, such as in India and Vietnam. In the evening, the ‘World Tonight’ will come live from California, looking at how multinational workforces are serving the creativity of the tech sector. It will also involve journalists from the BBC’s 30 language services contributing original stories from their broadcasting regions.

BBC director of news and current affairs James Harding said, “If the ‘Today’ Programme ran all day on one story, what new insights would it throw up? We’ve put together a day of programming involving BBC News and some of Radio 4’s biggest programme strands to look at a key story of our time.

“An age of unprecedented mobility is shaping the world we live in for better and for worse. From Europe’s immigration crisis, the refugee camps of the Middle East, and increased labour mobility from the developing world, the movement of people around the world in response to economic incentive or social unrest is shaping the biggest news stories of the year.

“Economic uncertainty and wage deflation in the UK, and the rise of populist political parties across Europe are all linked to the mass movement of people across the globe – we’ll try and make sense of the themes and ideas for our different audiences. Only the BBC can bring together people from around the world in a single day, to look at new ideas on a theme we’ve covered for many years.”

Pitt said, “The debate on the refugee crisis is often polarized and based on fear and misconceptions. We need to have a rational discussion that focuses on how we strengthen the systems designed to protect those fleeing war and persecution, while understanding and taking into account the concerns of citizens in host countries. Above all, we need to address the conflict and insecurity that are the root causes of the mass movement of refugees. I look forward to exploring these issues with the BBC and its global audience, and to a day of discussion in which all sides of the debate can be heard and long-term solutions can be identified and highlighted.”