British Future

British Future is an independent, non-partisan think tank and registered charity engaging people’s hopes and fears about integration and immigration, identity and race. 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 integration, refugee protection, combating racism and xenophobia, international student migration and national identities.

We develop arguments and messages that resonate with the public, in particular a group we call the ‘Balancers’ – 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.


Latest reports

Shared goals

This report from UK think tank British Future explores the unique power of club football to foster a shared sense of identity across people from different backgrounds. Support for club football reaches across our society, spanning political, social and ethnic divides. ‘Shared Goals: The power of football to connect diverse communities’ sets out new research...

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Immigration and the election: time to choose

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at public trust in the Conservative and Labour parties to have the right policies on immigration and asylum. Immigration and the election: Time to choose examines shifting public attitudes to immigration and asylum. It draws on new findings from the Ipsos/British Future Immigration Attitudes Tracker, which...

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Diversity in the next parliament

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at analysis and projections of the ethnic and gender balance of the House of Commons in 2024. New British Future analysis and projections, based candidate selections, find ethnic minority representation in parliament is set to rise to around 12% after the General Election, regardless of the...

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Beyond Brexit: public perspectives on the future UK-EU relationship

This report by UK think tank British Future analyses new research on public attitudes towards the UK’s future relationship with the EU. This British Future report analyses new research on public attitudes towards the UK’s future relationship with the EU. It covers such issues as whether people would support closer cooperation between the UK and...

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From HK to UK

This report from UK think tank British Future will explore Hong Kongers' new lives in Britain. The most authoritative study to date of BN(O) Hong Kongers in the UK. From HK to UK: Hong Kongers’ new lives in Britain draws on new research from a representative sample of 2,000 Hong Kongers who have come to...

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Dilemmas of control

This report from UK think tank British Future presents the findings of the immigration attitudes tracker 2023. ‘Dilemmas of Control’ reports the new 2023 findings from the Ipsos/British Future Immigration attitudes tracker, which has followed public attitudes to immigration across a range of questions since 2015. It examines public attitudes to immigration numbers, migration for...

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Inclusive histories

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at narrating our shared past in polarised times. Inclusive Histories: Narrating our shared past in polarised times, is a new report from British Future offering insights for practitioners working in museums, galleries and other cultural institutions about conducting work around inclusive histories in ways that confidently...

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Why the Windrush matters today

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at public attitudes to race, identity and history as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Windrush on 22 June, a new report from British Future, ‘Why the Windrush matters today,‘ provides a ‘state of the nation’ picture...

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Shifting views

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...

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Jubilee Britain

This report from UK think tank British Future looks at, after a decade of upheaval, where are we going now? The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, marking the monarch’s seven decades on the throne, offers a rare opportunity to examine how our society has changed so very significantly in that time – and also...

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Homes for Afghans

This report from UK think tank British Future and More in Common looks at the start of a new era of welcoming in Britain. Already well over a hundred thousand families have stepped forward to share their homes and offer sanctuary to those fleeing Ukraine. That level of generosity and previously untapped commitment towards refugees...

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