Data Editor of The Guardian US Mona Chalabi brings hard facts to the global immigration debate. Mona believes the political right is winning with a fact-based anti-immigration stance (sure, those facts are often misrepresented or even fabricated – but, it’s working). Meanwhile, the left pushes a failing feelings-based pro-immigration argument. Mona provides hard data, ready to be communicated to as many people as possible, as simply as possible. The aim: to help us understand the actual risk migrants pose, and their potential contribution to society, before we rush to close borders. 

Mona Chalabi (International)

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE. In 2016, MonaÕs data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.