A number of critical moments have shifted the political and media narratives on national and local belonging in Britain in the past few years. In 2014, the lifting of EU labour market restrictions, the European Parliament elections, and the Scottish referendum all raised hotly debated questions about the settlement of European migrants and British identity. In addition, international conflicts and British foreign policy –from Gaza to Syria – have resonated in local communities, and questions surrounding the travel of British citizens to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State have raised questions about the resilience of belonging.
Vidhya Ramalingam is Research and Policy Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
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