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Wednesday, 19th November 2014

UK: How to Talk About Immigration

Source: British Future (UK)

From Press Release:

The pattern of falling trust, in politicians of every party, leads many to assume that the politics of immigration offer an impossible conundrum, one in which the public are assumed to be wholly ‘anti’ migration and whoever talks toughest has the best chance of connecting with them – an assumption that the steady rise of UKIP has done nothing to assuage.

However, while public arguments about immigration are often polarised between ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ voices, our research shows that most people are somewhere in between. They may be frustrated at how immigration has been managed but they hold pragmatic and nuanced views about it: that migration brings both pressures and benefits, and that it works best when we encourage migrants to become fully part of British society.

Drawing on three years’ original research by British Future into public attitudes, the report sets out the conversations that the British public believes we need to have about immigration and integration.

How to talk about immigration challenges both the pro and anti-migration voices to respond to the public’s desire for a sensible conversation about immigration.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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