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?[…]

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[…]

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[…]