National Conversation online survey

Immigration is being talked about everywhere. On TV, on the bus, in the tabloids, down the pub, at work, in Parliament. Many of us have strong opinions on immigration, but some of the voices in this conversation have been louder than others. We want to make sure that everyone gets a say in this debate, and to make sure they are heard.

This survey is a chance to give your opinion and influence the future direction of immigration policy in the UK. It is anonymous and take around 5 minutes to complete. You can skip any question you do not want to answer but you will only be able to take the survey once.

This survey is part of the National Conversation on Immigration and what we find will be presented to a group of influential MPs-the Home Affairs Committee- who are running an inquiry on immigration. This is your chance to influence policy on one of the most important subjects in the UK.

Migration in the UK

1. On a scale of 1-10, do you feel that immigration had a positive or negative impact on the UK? (1 is “very negative”, 10 is “very positive”).

2. In a couple of sentences, could you explain why you gave this score?

3. What do you think the impacts of immigration have been on the UK and local communities? For each of the following statements, please indicate if you agree or disagree with the following statements.

4. For each of the following groups, please tell us whether you would prefer the number of people coming to live in the UK to be increased, reduced, or remain about the same.

High skilled workers may be employed in positions such as doctors, teachers or engineers. Low skilled workers may be employed in jobs like factory work, fruit picking or cleaning.

5. The Government is committed to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands. Net migration is the numbers of all immigrants entering the UK in a given time period (migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees, family members, foreign students), minus the numbers of emigrants leaving in the same period- this includes British citizens leaving and returning to the UK.

Please indicate which statement you agree with. [One option only].

Migration, business and public services

6. The UK relies on immigrant labour to support a range of different sectors, including public services. What do you think the government should do to support their needs?

For each of the following statements, please indicate if you strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree.

EU migration

7. The Government intends to change the free movement rules that govern immigration from the EU. These changes will form part of the Brexit negotiations where the UK will make a deal with the EU. A number of policy options are being considered, which are summarised below.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following policies.

Migration from outside the EU

8. In recent years about half of immigration has come from outside the EU, with migrants arriving through work visa routes, as students, to join their family or as asylum-seekers and refugees. Please indicate if you agree or disagree with these policies.

9. How long should migrants, excluding asylum seekers and refugees, have to work in the UK in order to be eligible to access benefits and social housing?

Please indicate which statement you agree with. [One option only].

Local communities

10. What do you think migrants should do in order to integrate and become successful members of our society? Please indicate if you agree or disagree that these are important.

11. What should the Government do to help migrants integrate? Please indicate if you agree or disagree that these are important.

12. What role should local people take to help integration and good community relations? Please indicate if you agree or disagree with the following statements.

13. What single thing would improve integration and community relations in your local area?

14. Do you feel supporting newcomers to become successful members of local communities is a government responsibility?

Your chance to influence policy

15. What policy changes would the Government have to make, to gain your trust and support in its approach to migration. Please give your ideas in a couple of sentences.

16. Is there anything else you’d like to add or suggest?

About you

Finally, we have a few short questions about you.

* we will only use this to keep you updated with the national conversation on immigration, we will not pass on your details to third parties