The decision to leave the European Union following the 2016 referendum is likely to lead to significant reforms to immigration policy in the UK. Immigration was an important factor for many voters and responses to Brexit have helped to drive an increasing polarisation in attitudes – across the generations, between social classes and between different parts of the country. Will the post-Brexit immigration debate become ever more polarised, or could responses to this ‘reset moment’ lead to the discovery of common ground after all? British Future and Hope Not Hate have been conducting a National Conversation on Immigration, holding 60 citizens panels in different parts of the country, which will feed into a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on the future of immigration policy. How might immigration change after Brexit? What are the risks or opportunities for the economy, society and politics? Is it possible to rebuild public confidence in the positive contribution that immigration makes to the UK? Should the country be doing more to promote integration? Who should do what? If attitudes to immigration are becoming more polarised, do efforts to find the common ground risk getting lost in no-man’s land? Speakers include Thangam Debbonaire MP, Sunder Katwala (British Future), John Harris (Guardian) and Narmada Thiranagama (UNISON). Julian Baggini chairs.
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