Shifting views

Think tank: British Future

Author(s): Heather Rolfe; Sunder Katwala; Steve Ballinger

October 11, 2022

This report from UK think tank British Future tracks attitudes to immigration in 2022.

This report from UK thinktank British Future looks at shifting public attitudes to immigration numbers, migration for work and international student migration. It also examines public opinion on asylum and refugee protection, including Channel crossings and the Rwanda scheme. The research is based on new data from the Ipsos attitudes tracker, which has tracked public attitudes to immigration across a range of questions since 2015. As the new Cabinet debates a choice over whether relaxing some immigration restrictions could help the economy to grow, while other Cabinet voices prioritise cutting overall numbers, the research finds that Liz Truss has ‘pragmatic permission’ for a balanced approach to immigration.