British Future

British Future is an independent, non-partisan think tank and registered charity engaging people’s hopes and fears about integration and immigration, opportunity and identity. Our Theory of Change recognises that securing political consent for policy change on such issues requires public support – and that it is possible to build this support with the right approach. Through projects like the National Conversation on Immigration – the biggest-ever public consultation on immigration – we have built a comprehensive understanding of public attitudes on these issues.

We project our findings publicly to inform national debate, contributing to discussions on issues such as citizenship, EU migration, integration, refugee protection, the status of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit, combating racism and xenophobia, international student migration and national identities. British Future engages people’s legitimate concerns and offers constructive solutions in response. We develop arguments and messages that resonate with the public, particularly what we call the ‘Anxious Middle’ – the majority of the British public who are neither wholly pro- nor anti- immigration. We believe we can build a broad consensus among the public and opinion-formers for reforms to immigration and integration policy that work for all of us.

Our long-term aim is a country where we are no longer ‘Them and Us’ but rather a confident and welcoming Britain, inclusive and fair to all.

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Recent Reports

By Sunder Katwala; John Denham; Steve Ballinger

This report from UK think tank British Future and the Centre for English Identity & Politics looks at why it’s…

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By Sunder Katwala

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at attitudes to race among white and ethnic minority citizens in…

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By Jill Rutter; Jake Puddle

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at what unites and divides our society and what could bring…

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By Alberto Costa MP (Chair), Jill Rutter (Secretary)

This report from UK think tank British Future reports on the Alberto Costa Inquiry into citizenship policy. Barriers to Britishness…

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By Jill Rutter

This report from UK think tank British Future discusses division, unity and social connection during and beyond COVID-19. This latest…

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By Various Authors

This latest report from UK think tank British Future looks at attitudes to immigration. The reset moment: immigration in the…

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By Jill Rutter; Steve Ballinger

This report from the UK think tank the British Future looks at the case for universal fluency in English. Fluency…

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By Various Authors

This report from UK think tank British Future looks back at Theresa’s May record on immigration and then casts forward…

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