A collection of interesting and thought-provoking links:

A powerful example of humour to make a point – BBC’s ‘Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe‘ features a mockumentary on immigration led by Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas. Absolutely worth the watch (below, or use this link)

Lift the Ban – Why it makes sense, including to the UK economy, to allow asylum-seekers to work in the UK. Read the Lift the Ban report, October 2018.

The benefits of friends who aren’t ‘just like us’ – Research suggests that people tend to make friends with people similar to them. However, mixing with diverse people can stimulate creativity and benefit both the individual and society. BBC News article

Many Rivers Crossed – April 2018: A British Future report into attitudes to race and integration 50 years on from Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. Report.

Liberty’s report on the ‘hostile environment’ – April 2018: government policies set out to make life unbearably difficult for people in the UK without legal status. However, a very high proportion of Home Office asylum decisions are overturned, so rightful asylum-seekers are victimised, and there any many other reasons why this policy is unacceptable. Liberty report.

Refugees Welcome? April 2017: An excellent all-party parliamentary group report which details the things that most need to change about our asylum system. An accessible read containing stuff everyone should know. APPG report

CoS Charter April 2018: find out about the national charity’s vision and values. CoS charter 2018.