Grimsby: attitudes to immigration have “everything to do with opportunities”

Grimsby, a seaport town in North Lincolnshire, was the National Conversation’s last visit to Yorkshire and Humberside. Here where we met with stakeholders and local people to discuss migration. The citizens’ panel in Grimsby considered immigration to bring both positive impacts and challenges, although the panel voiced many concerns about migration and felt that negative Read more about Grimsby: attitudes to immigration have “everything to do with opportunities”[…]

Ballymena: How do attitudes to immigration in Northern Ireland compare with the rest of the UK?

  Our final National Conversation on Immigration visit in Northern Ireland was to Ballymena, a town of 30,000 people near to the North Antrim coast. The citizens’ panel we met had constructive and balanced views about migration and believed that it had brought both benefits and some challenges to Northern Ireland. “I just think there Read more about Ballymena: How do attitudes to immigration in Northern Ireland compare with the rest of the UK?[…]

Harrogate: Future EU migration and public trust

We held our fourth Yorkshire and Humberside National Conversation discussion in Harrogate, a prosperous commuter town and tourist destination in the Dales, some 15 miles north of Leeds. Twenty years ago, Harrogate’s population was largely of white British ethnicity. Today, nearly 6% of the population has been born overseas, as a result of migration from Read more about Harrogate: Future EU migration and public trust[…]

Macclesfield: Immigration, the NHS and Brexit trade-offs

The National Conversation on Immigration has just returned from Macclesfield, a comfortably-off Cheshire market town of 50,000 people. Here we found that migration was not a hugely salient issue. In our citizens’ panel discussion everyone saw positives as well as challenges: “Migration is crucial to business. In pubs and hotels we rely on people from Read more about Macclesfield: Immigration, the NHS and Brexit trade-offs[…]

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?[…]

Nottingham: Do young people see migration differently?

This week we travelled to Nottingham to hear from our 16 to 22 year old panel, to see whether young people speak differently about immigration. The panel was representative of their age group:  most of the panel were working and relatively few were university students. The group saw that the benefits of immigration outweighed any Read more about Nottingham: Do young people see migration differently?[…]

Derry/Londonderry: Brexit anxieties and border disputes

Our second Northern Ireland panel was held in the city of Derry or Londonderry, where again the discussion often focussed on issues that were specific to immigration and integration policy in Northern Ireland. These included fears that a hard land border between Ireland and the UK would jeopardise the peace process. Although our panel included Read more about Derry/Londonderry: Brexit anxieties and border disputes[…]