Since the 1990s, Britain’s immigration debate has been angry and polarised, yet in recent years a less heated debate has emerged.
This offers a chance for a more constructive discussion about the controls we want, the immigration we need and how the system can be managed effectively and fairly.
A new immigration system can look beyond Brexit to focus on rebuilding public trust on immigration and restoring voters’ confidence in the government’s ability to manage it well.
A clear and nuanced understanding of public attitudes to immigration will therefore be essential.
The reset moment: immigration in the new parliament is a new report from British Future and The Policy Institute, King’s College London, drawing on new attitudinal research by ICM on a range of policies and issues related to immigration and integration.