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[…]

Leicester: a city that understands migration to be part of its past and present

Contribution and control were the clear priorities of the citizens’ panel in Leicester, the 24th location for the National Conversation on Immigration, on what the government could do to increase public confidence in immigration after Britain leaves the European Union. The emphasis on contribution reflected both the recognition that Leicester has benefitted from immigration in Read more about Leicester: a city that understands migration to be part of its past and present[…]

Milton Keynes: How the built environment affects the way we think about immigration

The 17th stop for the National Conversation was Milton Keynes, a town celebrating its 50th birthday this year; once a quiet Buckinghamshire village the Milton Keynes we see today was developed as a purpose built town to ease the overspill of London. As a new town, Milton Keynes has been built on migration. As a Read more about Milton Keynes: How the built environment affects the way we think about immigration[…]

Merthyr Tydfil: Integration needs to be an ‘everybody’ issue

Merthyr Tydfil was the tenth stop for the National Conversation. It is a town that was built by migrants coming to mine its coal, stoke its furnaces and to work in its factories. Despite this long history of migration, a strong identity and an active labour movement, it is a town where new arrivals and Read more about Merthyr Tydfil: Integration needs to be an ‘everybody’ issue[…]

Whitley Bay, North Tyneside: welcoming and compassionate, with some immigration anxieties

There are big plans for Whitley Bay. The regeneration of the seafront promenade, with new attractions, restaurants and a Premier Inn hotel looking out over the sea; and the long-delayed refurbishment of the ‘Spanish City’, a Alhambra-esque domed palace that once formed the heart of an amusement park. That was in the days when tourists Read more about Whitley Bay, North Tyneside: welcoming and compassionate, with some immigration anxieties[…]