The UK’s coming election and the politics of immigration

Think tank: Social Market Foundation

Author(s): Jonathan Thomas

February 1, 2024

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation highlights five key themes – and what they mean – for any party wanting to govern for all.

Divisions over immigration and asylum have been a feature of British politics for decades. Much of the debate in this policy area has become tired and repetitive.

This short briefing sets out a different perspective, and a challenge to the parties ahead of the next election. It highlights five alternative themes that, while generally overlooked amid the fractious debates, are in fact key to addressing concerns, bridging divides and restoring public faith.