THE OBSERVER: There’s a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat

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Release date: 19/5/2018

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Brexit Britain might not always feel like a supportive place for migrants or supporters of migration. Every day brings new stories of suffering and injustice meted out to migrants by a callous government. Demands for restrictions on migration have disrupted politics for a generation, culminating in the vote to leave a European Union that many voters had come to see as part of the migration problem.

Yet Brexit Britain is also a country where the public is more positive about migration now, after the largest sustained inflow of migrants in the nation’s history, than it was when the change began. A country where public outrage against the unjust treatment of long-settled migrants by the national government has just forced the resignation of a home secretary.

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TitleThere’s a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
Media name/outletThe Observer
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date19/05/18
DescriptionBrexit Britain might not always feel like a supportive place for migrants or supporters of migration. Every day brings new stories of suffering and injustice meted out to migrants by a callous government. Demands for restrictions on migration have disrupted politics for a generation, culminating in the vote to leave a European Union that many voters had come to see as part of the migration problem.

Yet Brexit Britain is also a country where the public is more positive about migration now, after the largest sustained inflow of migrants in the nation’s history, than it was when the change began. A country where public outrage against the unjust treatment of long-settled migrants by the national government has just forced the resignation of a home secretary.
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/19/is-brexit-britain-turning-liberal-as-hostility-to-migration-beings-to-collapse
PersonsRobert Ford