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[…]

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?[…]

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[…]