Bexley: Talking about Calais

We have recently visited Bexley where asylum was a high profile issue for our citizens’ panel, much more so than in many other locations we have visited. Our participants were sympathetic to the plight of refugees, but were concerned about the situation in Calais and the arrival of clandestine migrants in this part of London. Read more about Bexley: Talking about Calais[…]

Aberystwyth: welcoming newcomers and preserving local culture

We returned to Wales this week and visited Aberystwyth, a university town in Ceredigion, a predominantly rural local authority. Although our citizens’ panel thought that migration had brought benefits to this part of West Wales, they were also concerned about cultural change and threats to the Welsh language. “I agree with the benefits and the Read more about Aberystwyth: welcoming newcomers and preserving local culture[…]

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[…]

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[…]