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Refugees & Asylum

Building broad public support for refugee protection in the UK is key to defending the protection framework and achieving
policy change.

How can voices in civil society and politics make the case for refugee protection to those who are sceptical about the asylum system and whether Britain can cope with the scale of the crisis?

British Future disseminates research into public attitudes and messages that resonate with persuadable sceptics, to help organisations working on refugee protection communicate more effectively.

We are proud to be part of Refugee Week each year.

New humanitarian visa: a ‘real world’ proposal to reduce Channel crossings

New humanitarian visa: a ‘real world’ proposal to reduce Channel crossings Date: 18 February 2023

A new report sets out ‘real world’ proposals for reforming UK asylum and reducing Channel crossings – in contrast to the Government’s ‘impossible promises’.

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The road to Rwanda is a dead-end for UK asylum policy

The road to Rwanda is a dead-end for UK asylum policy Date: 19 April 2022

Sunder Katwala sets out why the government’s scheme to send people seeking asylum in Britain to Rwanda misreads the mood of the country – and will fail as a policy

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Welcoming spirit must deliver ‘Homes for Afghans’ too

Welcoming spirit must deliver ‘Homes for Afghans’ too Date: 29 March 2022

Michael Gove is urged to extend Britain’s warm welcome to Afghan refugees still waiting for homes, in a letter from a broad coalition today.

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Why I’ll be offering a home to a Ukrainian refugee – and how to get the system right

Why I’ll be offering a home to a Ukrainian refugee – and how to get the system right Date: 14 March 2022

British Future Associate Fellow Jill Rutter writes about why her family has decided to offer a home to a Ukrainian refugee; and what the government needs to do to get this new scheme right.

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Public support for Ukrainian refugees reflects underlying positive views on immigration, finds new research

Public support for Ukrainian refugees reflects underlying positive views on immigration, finds new research Date: 14 March 2022

Public support for welcoming refugees is part of a broader warming of attitudes to immigration that pre-dates the Ukraine crisis, according to the latest wave of the Ipsos/British Future Unbound Immigration Tracker.

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Where is public opinion on refugee protection?

Where is public opinion on refugee protection? Date: 14 March 2022

The latest attitudes tracker survey presents a nuanced and somewhat hopeful picture of public attitudes towards asylum and refugees – and a counter to those arguing that the public demands only the toughest approach.

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Welcoming refugees: How to get sponsorship right

Welcoming refugees: How to get sponsorship right Date: 11 March 2022

Sponsors of Ukrainian refugees should be allowed to name the individuals that they want to support in the UK, argues Sunder Katwala.

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Protecting Ukrainian refugees: What can we learn from the response to Kosovo in the 90s?

Protecting Ukrainian refugees: What can we learn from the response to Kosovo in the 90s? Date: 7 March 2022

Jill Rutter looks at what the UK can learn from the response to the last major movement of refugees from a war in Europe – the break-up of Yugoslavia.

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Government playing catch-up with public support for Ukrainian refugees

Government playing catch-up with public support for Ukrainian refugees Date: 2 March 2022

The government has been surprised by the breadth of public, political and media support for refugees this week, writes Sunder Katwala. They are playing catch-up, but it is not too late to get it right.

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