Saturday, 16 July 2022

Beyond Sanctuary: Moving the debate from the event of immigration to the process of integration

There is a need to entirely re-think how Britain regards immigration in general and asylum in particular. 

The short-term political advantage of being ever 'tougher' on immigration has simply led to policy becoming ever dumber on the matter. Even if it were desirable, and it is not, to stop asylum seekers from reaching the UK, it simply cannot be done. For all of its challenges, Britain is a stable, safe and economically sound nation which respects civil liberties. People want to live here, they want to rebuild their lives here. Bluntly, if one thinks about the countries which do not have inward migration there is generally a very good reason as to why that would be.

If a debate is simply between those who want to pull up a non-existent drawbridge and those who campaign for "no borders" then we risk missing crucial aspects which would be a feature of a well-managed asylum process.

Are we reaching the people most in need?
Are we considering the agency of the individuals seeking to move here?
Do we have an integration process that can provide a platform for refugees to succeed for themselves, their communities and the UK exchequer?

As the paper notes, British policy-makers have touched on improvements to the system, notably during the Syrian conflict, but not then developed or expanded the model.

Britain has long been a beacon for what is good in the democratic world. Now, with an aging society and increasing global shifts in the world economy buffeting our shores, let us look again at how we can harness immigration in a fair way for those seeking to move here and a sustainable manner for the communities of the UK.

As a rich-world democratic nation we do have a responsibility to offer refuge, but to only do that, or to do so grudgingly misses so much potential. Our integration process should be a pathway for refugees to succeed and become an asset to our shared nation. We should offer sanctuary but we should also move beyond sanctuary.

Monday, 20 December 2021

What's so social about social media? The impact of social media on political debate and discourse

It is estimated that we spend on average six years and eight months of our lives on social media sites. Inevitably, this is going to have an effect on how we perceive current affairs, decision-making and events around us. It can also colour our perception of those with a counter view to our own.

In this paper, thought is given to the damage which has occurred as a result of the social media dynamic on our politics, while recommendations set challenges not just for tech companies but also for our own self-discipline so that we can expose ourselves to a range of moderated and constructively challenging views.

Click here to read the paper 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Remotely desirable? The sustainability of the return to the office

Is the 'new normal' baked in or are we slipping back into old habits? What are the implications for employees and employers as they make decisions about where to work which could define careers for years to come?

'Remotely desirable?' is a Constructive Policy Centre paper considering one of the biggest questions as society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the near-term future of work?

While this is a discussion within businesses and organisations, it is also a topic hotly debated in the corridors of power. Notably, UK Government and Welsh Government have adopted contrary approaches. Does this present an opportunity for an economic competitive advantage?

Monday, 1 March 2021

Launching the Constructive Policy Centre

Today, St David’s Day 2021, we would like to introduce our new policy think tank. This is an exciting project for us, but we also appreciate that a think tank is not judged upon the launch event canapés, virtual as they would have to be on this occasion, but rather on the policy papers and research which it produces.

The Constructive Policy Centre aims to produce research and policy papers from a fresh perspective. While the political sphere is still fixated on left versus right, we feel that society has moved well beyond that spectrum. Our intention is to be a post-left-versus-right space for policy discussion.

Think tanks come in different forms. Our primary focus is on producing policy papers. Please follow us on social media and visit for more information. It is not our intention to comment on current affairs on a daily basis. Instead, these tools will be used to share occasional updates on our work.

We look forward to reporting on our work.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

Luke Evetts, Callum Hughes, Nicolas Webb, Sarah Williamson


Beyond Sanctuary: Moving the debate from the event of immigration to the process of integration

There is a need to entirely re-think how Britain regards immigration in general and asylum in particular.  The short-term political advantag...