Phase two the Challenge to People Flow tackles one of the thorniest obstacles for any Europe-wide advance the debates within the nation states, where politicians often face head on a growing desire for national boundary control. We start with Britain. Our roundtable an edited extract from an event sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) at this years Labour Party conference features Home Secretary David Blunkett the architect of the UKs controversial migration polices, in dialogue with economist Bob Rowthorn and the chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Trevor Phillips. Ben Page from Mori provides a snapshot of British public opinion on this hot button political issue.
Dirk Jacobs, analysing the rise of the Arab European League, detects a similar policy quagmire in the Belgian response, while Liza Schuster, in an overview of European approaches to asylum, urges the People Flow authors to hold European governments to proper account.
Also: Ulf Hedetofts superb overview of the Danish debate.
At least 200 million of the world's people - between 3% and 5% of its total population - are currently on the move outside their country of origin. Many of these would have preferred to stay where they were if they could. Another untold number would move if they could, but can't. Many simply are looking for better opportunities, as human beings have done for millennia. The realities of globalisation - economic, environmental, familial - mean that these numbers are bound to increase.
"When you see the Iceland store, you will be able to find Brook Road. Walk to the end of that road, the garment factory is on the second floor. You can't miss it. The building looks very run-down." Chun's voice at the other end of the mobile phone is anxious. To "argue reason" with an employer on a wage-claiming mission is always a tense occasion, but this particular boss has the kind of reputation that leads two Chinese workers to volunteer to accompany me.
Akoon is 25, a tall, very thin young Sudanese with several missing front teeth. He was orphaned in 2002 when militias attacked his village in southern Sudan and murdered his parents (as well as raping his 10-year-old sister), then held captive before being rescued by a non-governmental organisation and eventually helped to leave Sudan for Egypt.
By 2005, after repeated detention and mistreatment by the Egyptian police, who have little sympathy for refugees, Akoon could take no more. He heard that Bedouins were trafficking people across the Sinai into Israel, and managed to raise the $300 required to become part of a group of other young Sudanese on the long desert crossing.