Guildford: As Brexit negotiations continue, what do people really mean by ‘control’?

Guildford, a Surrey town of about 140,000 people was the 39th stop for the national conversation.  Guildford is a fairly prosperous place, with unemployment around half of the national average, and a growing population, which rose by 7,500 (almost 6%) between the 2001 and 2011 census. This was reflected in how pragmatic support for migrants coming to Read more about Guildford: As Brexit negotiations continue, what do people really mean by ‘control’?[…]

Carlisle: Cumbria is less diverse than rest of the UK, how does this affect views on immigration?

Carlisle, a city of around 100,000 in Cumbria just south of the Scottish border was the National Conversation’s 37th destination. Cumbria has seen a steady increase in its immigrant population since the millennium, but is still thought to be among the least diverse areas of the UK, with a migrant population less than half of Read more about Carlisle: Cumbria is less diverse than rest of the UK, how does this affect views on immigration?[…]

Bristol: In the future city, we will no longer ask those that we meet, “where are you from?”

As part of the Festival of Ideas Future Cities, the National Conversation spent two days in Bristol talking about immigration, and how we can make it work in the future city. The festival focussed on the question “how do we make the cities that we really want to live in?”  Immigration needs to work for everyone Read more about Bristol: In the future city, we will no longer ask those that we meet, “where are you from?”[…]

Folkestone: If we are to connect communities, we need to look beyond any migrant/citizen divide

Folkestone, a Kentish town in the South East of England was our 34th visit, as the National Conversation continues its journey across the country. An area with a long and complex history of international migration and a seaside town drawing in people from across the UK, the conversations we had in Folkestone reflected that integration Read more about Folkestone: If we are to connect communities, we need to look beyond any migrant/citizen divide[…]

Gloucester: The two ‘C’s, contribution and control

Gloucester is a city with a rich history of migration and is now relatively diverse compared to wider Gloucestershire. It is also the half-way point of the National Conversation’s 60 visits, and time to reflect on common themes. As with all citizens’ panels, our Gloucester participants talked about the contribution of migrants, but also about Read more about Gloucester: The two ‘C’s, contribution and control[…]

Sutton Coldfield: “It’s all about checks and balances”

“It’s all about checks and balances” – one participant in our Sutton Coldfield citizen’s panel used this phrase so often that a couple of others started teasing him about it. But it was a pretty accurate summing-up of the mixed and balanced views of the people in the room. As we have seen in many Read more about Sutton Coldfield: “It’s all about checks and balances”[…]

Chesterfield: If public consent for immigration is to be gained, conversations need to be extended to Sports Direct, too

Our 28th National Conversation visit was to Chesterfield, a town of about 100,000 people in Derbyshire. Here, as we always do, we held a meeting with local stakeholders, then later with a citizens’ panel. In both discussions, we heard lots about the impact of Brexit on jobs and the local economy, but the two groups Read more about Chesterfield: If public consent for immigration is to be gained, conversations need to be extended to Sports Direct, too[…]

Redbridge: is London its very own ‘crowded island’?

The National Conversation continued its tour around the country, visiting Redbridge, an ethnically diverse outer London borough. Redbridge’s houses and streets tell a story about integration in Britain. It is a place where generations of immigrants settled, on their journey from the East End to the Home Counties. Many Redbridge residents have Irish ancestors and Read more about Redbridge: is London its very own ‘crowded island’?[…]