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[…]

Sutton Coldfield: “It’s all about checks and balances”

“It’s all about checks and balances” – one participant in our Sutton Coldfield citizen’s panel used this phrase so often that a couple of others started teasing him about it. But it was a pretty accurate summing-up of the mixed and balanced views of the people in the room. As we have seen in many Read more about Sutton Coldfield: “It’s all about checks and balances”[…]

Middlesbrough: How do people living in dispersal areas feel about asylum issues?

Until recently Middlesbrough’s population was falling, due to the loss of its traditional industries. Alongside this trend came falling house prices and empty properties, something that has made this town attractive to G4S, which manages asylum support on behalf of the Home Office. For a while, Middlesbrough had the highest proportion of dispersed asylum-seekers per Read more about Middlesbrough: How do people living in dispersal areas feel about asylum issues?[…]

The Potteries: “Immigration has got an image problem”

The National Conversation’s visit to the Potteries gave us the opportunity to have a wide-ranging discussion about immigration on the area, with issues such as asylum dispersal raised by our citizens’ panel as well as some of the economic trade-offs involved in future immigration policy. The citizens’ panel also discussed the role of different sources Read more about The Potteries: “Immigration has got an image problem”[…]

Southampton: Language is a key factor in building cohesive communities

The ninth stop for the National Conversation on Immigration was Southampton, a University city and part of a built-up south coast metropolis of 1.6 million people. As a port, Southampton has had a long history of immigration and emigration. More recently, an estimated 20,000 Poles – about one in ten of the total population – Read more about Southampton: Language is a key factor in building cohesive communities[…]