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Immigration: what did we learn from Conservative Party Conference?

What did the Conservative Party's first conference after the referendum, and under new Prime Minister Theresa May, tell us about future immigration policy?

British Future is Recruiting!

British Future and New Horizons in British Islam are seeking a new project co-ordinator for a major national project exploring the heritage of 400,000 Muslims who served in the British Indian Army during the First World War.

Britons march again to show refugees still welcome

On Saturday 17 September, Britons are on the march again to show that we remain a country that welcomes refugees in need of protection.

What unites Englishness and Islam?

Dr Timothy Winter of Cambridge University examines the shared traditions between Englishness and Islam

Finding an English Islam

'Can we make a national identity that works for all of us?' ask the speakers at British Future's "A Very English Islam" garden party

‘A Very English Islam’ Garden Party

What does an 'English Islam' look like? - a debate and discussion (over tea and cake) at the Woking Peace Garden

Challenging hate crime effectively

Sunder Katwala discusses the spike in reported hate crime after the referendum and what methods might be effective in tackling it.

Which Brexit will we choose?

As ministers meet to brainstorm Britain's Brexit options, Sunder Katwala looks at the ideas on the table at Chequers

Net migration statistics: time for a ‘Reset’ on immigration policy?

New net migration figures, released today, show why the Government should use the Brexit 'Reset moment' for a comprehensive review of immigration policy.

What next after Brexit? Immigration & integration in post-referendum Britain

Consulting the public should form part of a comprehensive review of immigration policy after Brexit, says a new report

New strategy must tackle all inequality to get top marks

Calls for equality strategy in EHRC report welcomed, but it must address inequalities across all of Britain

New Inquiry to examine how Government can protect rights of EU citizens in UK

A call for evidence was issued today by a new Inquiry, chaired by Gisela Stuart MP, examining how the Government can protect the rights of the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit.

Four years on, are we still the Britain of Danny Boyle’s Olympic ceremony?

The national story of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics still unites us, even after a bruising and divisive four years in British politics, writes Sunder Katwala

Disbanding the tribes – what the referendum told us about Britain (and what it didn’t)

There is common ground on the issue of immigration between Leave and Remain voters who disagreed on the referendum question, finds a new report from British Future,

Wales – the Euro 2016 History Makers

"We’re all dreaming, please don’t wake us up," writes Ashok Ahir as Wales prepare for an historic semi-final clash at Euro 2016

‘Let EU migrants stay’ say the British public, plus voices from business and politics

84% of the British public supports letting EU migrants stay, according to new ICM research – including three-quarters of Leave voters

How British Asians saw the Referendum Choice

British Asians voted for both Remain and Leave in significant numbers. The ability of the Leave campaign to win Asian as well as white votes undoubtedly made a significant contribution to results in Bradford, Leicester and Birmingham. Yet the Leave campaign arguably still underperformed with British Asian voters.

From the Somme to Sangin – a century of Muslim service to Britain

As we come together to remember 100 years since the Somme, Steve Ballinger reports from an Armed Forces Iftar marking a century of Muslim service to Britain

Britain votes to Leave – we must now come together to get the best Brexit for Britain

Responding to Britain’s historic referendum decision to leave the EU, Sunder Katwala, Director of independent identity and integration thinktank British Future, said:

“This historic vote presents a big challenge to our political leaders. Not just Prime Minister David Cameron but just as importantly his colleagues who have led the Leave campaign to victory – Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. How they react to this moment will help to set the national mood in the days ahead.

“This was a close decision, one made by peaceful, democratic means, and a decision we must all now respect. Those who have disagreed during the campaign must now come together and ensure we all get the best Brexit for Britain – one that respects the voters’ decision, ensures our prosperity and reflects our values of tolerance, fairness and openness to the rest of the world.

“The vote to Leave was a public vote of no confidence: in the Remain campaign; in the EU as the best way to pursue the UK’s interests; and in how governments have handled immigration.

“On immigration, the government will need to listen to the voters and rebuild the public trust that has been eroded by unkept promises. Most people want immigration managed competently and fairly: they don’t feel the pressures have been dealt with properly but they do still want to keep the benefits of immigration to our economy and our society.

“We now need to hear a clear message from both sides of the referendum debate, and from the government, that this was not a vote to slam the borders shut or to stir up prejudice against those Europeans already living among us as workmates, neighbours and friends.

“There is real and understandable anxiety among the 3 million EU migrants who live in Britain about what the Leave vote means for them. The best response to that would be an unequivocal statement – from politicians and the British people – that this is their home and they continue to be welcome here.”

British Future has launched a Change.or petition, ‘Tell EU migrants in UK: This is your home, you are welcome here

Sunder Katwala is Director of British Future and co-author of ‘How (not) to talk about Europe’ (British Future, 2016)

Responding to Britain’s historic referendum decision to leave the EU, Sunder Katwala, Director of independent identity and integration thinktank British Future, said: “This historic vote presents a big challenge to our political leaders. Not just Prime Minister David Cameron but just as importantly his colleagues who have led the Leave campaign to victory – Boris Johnson

An historic vote to Leave – and why we must now come together

The public vote to Leave the EU will be a test of political leadership - and of all of us as citizens too, writes Sunder Katwala