January 30, 2017

About the National Conversation on Immigration

The National Conversation on Immigration aims to understand what the British public thinks about immigration and the kind of immigration policy they would like to see, and to take this information to UK decision-makers.

Immigration is one of the most important issues facing our country and one on which people want to have their say. It will also be a central part of Brexit negotiations, with Britain’s departure from the EU likely to lead to changes in many aspects of immigration policy.

Yet to date there has been little public debate about what these changes might look like.

The challenge for the Government is to develop immigration policies that work for business and have political and public support. So we want to find out where there is common ground for immigration and integration policies on which we can agree.

The National Conversation on Immigration is being hosted by HOPE not hate and British Future, two organisations with a wealth of experience in public engagement on issues concerning immigration, integration and community relations, alongside the Home Affairs Committee. This committee will be undertaking a year-long Inquiry on the future of immigration policy, gathering written evidence and visiting stakeholders across all the regions and nations of the UK.

Across the UK we will be hosting 60 citizens’ panels, consulting representative groups of people from a broad cross-section of society. In each location, 60 stakeholder meetings will also engage key organisations, institutions and individuals to seek their views. You will find local reports from these events on this website, as well as a free-to-download toolkit so you too can host a local conversation of your own and feed into the debate.

Also on this website you will find an online survey, offering a chance to have your say if you don’t live in one of the towns that the National Conversation is visiting.

The findings from the nationwide panels and survey, together with new opinion polling, will be presented in an interim report to the Home Affairs Committee in June 2017 and a final report towards the end of the Inquiry period. Our aim is to provide decision-makers with a detailed picture of public opinion on immigration.

This is your chance to be heard in building the next immigration policy. Get involved.