Hollywood star Angelina Jolie-Pitt will lead a day-long special event hosted by the BBC and examining how the movement of people is changing the world we live in and how our economies develop.
Mrs Jolie-Pitt, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy, will give a keynote address on the global refugee crisis at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Central London during the event which will be moderated by presenter Mishal Husain.
The event – ‘BBC News World on the Move’ – will take place 16 May.
Migration and the on-going refugee crisis in Europe is arguably one of the most dominant global issues of our time and the discussion aims to cover how migration is changing the world.
“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”, said Jolie-Pitt.
“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”, she added.
The actress will be joined by a range of speakers from different sides of the arguments who will set out the most important new ideas shaping our thinking on economic development, security and humanitarian assistance, live across TV, radio and online.
Former Director General of MI6 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 language services from around the world.