Understanding public attitudes to immigration. Proposing reforms to restore public confidence that immigration can work fairly for all of us.
Britain’s post-Brexit immigration approach needs to rebuild public confidence and secure political consent, while meeting the needs of the economy, public services and our global obligations. That will require a much deeper level of public involvement, to address people’s anxieties and respond with a system that manages the pressures and secures the gains of immigration.
Advocates for the gains of migration do not have the public and political support they need. We work with civil society, employers and political voices to develop public messages, policy agendas and broader coalitions to engage concerns effectively by proposing constructive solutions.
The findings from our National Conversation on Immigration project inform our approach to policy change.
British Future, together with Hope not hate and the Home Affairs Select Committee, conducted the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration in 2018. The National Conversation on Immigration comprised over 130 meetings with local citizens and stakeholders in 60 locations across every nation and region of the UK, together with an online survey and nationally representative research by ICM. In total 19,951 people took part. Read its final report here.
British Future’s new report ‘How To Talk About Immigration’ sets out the challenges for all sides when it comes to discussing and regaining trust on one of the most hotly contested issue in British politics.
Sunder Katwala responds to Maurice Glasman’s interview for the next Fabian Review in which he called for more restrictive immigration policies.