Newport: How does the connectivity of port cities shape attitudes to immigration?

Newport, a city on the Severn Estuary in South Wales was the National Conversation’s 41st stop. Our citizens’ panel, local residents including two newly arrived asylum seekers, saw Newport as a typical city where over many years migration had become a normal part of life. “We had Italians coming over, Asians, people from the Commonwealth Read more about Newport: How does the connectivity of port cities shape attitudes to immigration?[…]

Hull: Where regeneration has accompanied immigration

Hull, a city of 260,000 people was the National Conversation’s 44th stop. The citizens’ panel in Hull were a balanced group, who centred fairness in how they saw both the contributions and challenges brought by migration. They felt that migrants often took jobs that British people “don’t want to do”, such as factory work with Read more about Hull: Where regeneration has accompanied immigration[…]

Swansea: Immigration is only one among the many issues facing this country

Swansea was the National Conversation’s second visit to Wales, the second largest city in Wales. Here our citizens’ panel told us that they felt Swansea’s history as a port meant that they had got used to migration. “I think it’s a bit different in port cities, we are used to foreign faces and different cultures.” Read more about Swansea: Immigration is only one among the many issues facing this country[…]

Kidderminster: Regaining trust on immigration will also involve targeting those who trigger further division in our communities

Kidderminster in Worcestershire was the National Conversation’s 43rd visit. Our citizens’ panel in Kidderminster were mostly blue-collar workers and retirees, an anti-establishment group who were mostly ‘balancers’, seeing both positive contributions as well as challenges posed by immigration. “There’s a lot of doctors coming in and people training to be nurses and working long hours, Read more about Kidderminster: Regaining trust on immigration will also involve targeting those who trigger further division in our communities[…]

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?”[…]

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[…]