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AllianzGI to focus on immigration in new partnership

AllianzGI and the Migration Museum are highlighting the stories of immigrants to the U.K. who have achieved success in the business world.

One European money manager is hoping to add to the conversation on the benefits of immigration.

Allianz Global Investors has partnered with London's Migration Museum at The Workshop and is sponsoring events that will feature business entrepreneurs and leaders who migrated to the U.K.

Seeking to celebrate the positive impact of the newcomers on Britain's commerce and history, the initiative will explore the personal and professional stories of migrant business leaders over the next 18 months through a series of live discussions.

"Arguably, there has never been a more pressing time to foster a better informed discourse around migration and the role it plays in society, including business," said Andreas Utermann, London-based AllianzGI CEO, in a news release.

"As a global money manager, AllianzGI employs a very diverse workforce, with at least 25 nationalities represented in the U.K. alone. Consequently, we are proud to support the cause and the conversations they seek to promote," Mr. Utermann added.

The first conversation took place March 27 and was with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who was born in Greece and is the founder of U.K.-based budget airline easyJet Airline Co. Ltd.

"There will be five conversations in each quarter, and it will be a prominent business figure," said John Wallace, global head of communications at AllianzGI, in a telephone interview.

It's possible Mr. Utermann could be a speaker as he has a migration story, too, Mr. Wallace added. Mr. Utermann was born in Belgium. In 1986, he came to the U.K. to study at the London School of Economics.

AllianzGI, which had €354 billion ($405 billion) in assets under management as of Dec. 31, will host some of the future events at its offices.