February 19, 2018


On 17 May British Future, HOPE not hate and the Barrow Cadbury Trust brought together 200 people from all over the country to the British Library for a one-day conference, Immigration and integration: getting it right locally. Participants included local council leads on integration, inclusion and cohesion; local charities focused on refugee resettlement and migrants’ rights; churches working to make their own communities more integrated; as well as national NGOs, academics and commentators.

We wanted to share some of the findings of the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration, which has hosted 130 meetings with citizens and stakeholders across every nation and region of the UK. Over the course of a year we have amassed an unprecedented body of localised evidence and information about the issues that affect integration and responses to the pressures of immigration. We have listened to local organisations and citizens about what is working and the challenges that still remain. The conference was an opportunity to share our findings and conclusions, to bring together the people trying to make integration work at local level and, importantly, to learn more.