While many people have called for an open debate on migration, that debate has not, in our view, been forthcoming. The debate remains partial, anecdotal and is rarely evidence based. Complex arguments are boiled down to individual emotive examples, rather than a calm and dispassionate discussion of the issues at hand.
A new anti-immigration consensus has formed in politics over the last decade. Public polling consistently shows unprecedented levels of hostility to immigration. In both cases, evidence has been replaced by perception when discussing migration.
The result of this shift is a skewed debate on immigration.
Our challenge is to change this direction of travel and replace perception with evidence.