Jill Rutter and Rosie Carter, British Future and Hope not Hate
Final report of the National Conversation on Immigration published.

The National Conversation on Immigration is the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration and integration.
Immigration has remained one of the most salient and divisive issues for the public in recent years, and a factor in many voters’ decisions in the EU referendum. Leaving the EU presents an opportunity to reform Britain’s immigration policy: to address public concerns about immigration and put in place a system that works for employers, is fair to migrants and receiving communities and commands public trust and support. But we believe that this confidence cannot be fully restored without engaging the public in a debate about their views and concerns, and what policies we should now put in place.

The current immigration system does not command public trust and support. At the same time, employers have expressed frustrations about the difficulty in recruiting staff from overseas. Organisations working with refugees remain concerned about backlogs and the quality of initial asylum decisions.

British Future and HOPE not hate conducted the National Conversation on Immigration to involve the public in the debates and decisions about what to do now. We aimed to:
■ Create an evidence base of public views on immigration.
■ Examine if it is possible to build a consensus on immigration policy and, if so, what
steps are needed to do so.
■ Engage those with less voice in policy decisions: for example young people and those who live outside big cities.
■ Advocate for deeper, on-going public engagement from the Government by
demonstrating the value of such work when done well.

The full report is available here