Past event

Research Event

White Flight and Anti-Immigration Politics in the West

Chatham House, London

Europe Programme, Populist Extremism in Europe


Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
John Logan, Professor of Sociology, Brown University, USA
Marcel Lubbers, Associate Professor in Sociology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands  
Chair: Ritula Shah, Journalist; Presenter, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4


Throughout the West, demographic changes are leading to a decline in the ethnic majority share of national populations.

At the national level, large sections of the white majority are averse to immigration, attitudes that have helped power the ascent of far right parties and steered the political mainstream toward tighter border controls. At the local level, white withdrawal from diverse neighbourhoods, sometimes dubbed 'white flight', appears to characterize urban areas in Europe as well as America. 

The speakers will address these two responses in tandem, offering perspectives from America, Britain and Europe. 

The event will be followed by a wine reception. 
 Project: Understanding and Dealing with Populist Extremism in Europe.