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Immigration UK: The Day The Immigrants Left

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Tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC1, Evan Davis will present an "immigrant life swap documentary" entitled The Day The Immigrants Left.  11 unemployed people in the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech, near Peterborough, will take on jobs of immigrant workers for periods of between one and three days.

The participants will fill a variety of roles, including working at an asparagus farm, a building site and an Indian restaurant.

"Of course immigration is a topic that arouses complex emotions and unwanted tensions," said presenter Davis.  "But that's why broadcasters should tackle it and not avoid it.  This programme is an attempt to get beyond the abstract arguments one hears for or against immigration, and to illustrate why it occurs and what it means in human terms."

Programme-makers Leopard Films have described The Day The Immigrants Left as a "fresh and engaging approach" to immigration.  The company's executive producer, James Burstall, told the : "The aim of the programme is to shed new light on the issues surrounding immigration in the UK through a balanced and insightful film.  As one of the most respected broadcasters in his field, Evan Davis is the ideal journalist to explore this sensitive topic."

Producers chose Wisbech as the location for the programme because the town has a large number of immigrants and has experienced rising unemployment over the past year.

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