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A new consensus? How public opinion has warmed to immigration

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Immigration Asylum seekers Refugees Public opinion United Kingdom
Description

Public attitudes to immigration have warmed considerably in recent years. This paper – drawing on new analysis of attitudes data, including the British Election Study and the Ipsos Immigration tracker – explores how views have changed and what this means for the current politics of immigration.

The evidence suggests there is now more scope for a welcoming, flexible and fair migration system than many realise. Over the past decade, the public has become strikingly more positive about immigration across a range of indicators.

The public favour an immigration system which is well-managed, recognises contribution, and exercises compassion. There is also broad support for a compassionate approach to refugees.

In this paper, the authors therefore argue that there is now scope for a progressive narrative on immigration policy, and put forward an approach according to the principle of ‘rules-based openness’.

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