The Coventry Local Migration Panel was convened to further understanding of how residents have responded to high levels of immigration to the city. The aim was to provide an insight for local stakeholders to help them develop strategies to ensure that the city capitalises on the benefits of immigration and is well placed to broker greater public consent on this issue.

Our analysis shows that Coventry has seen some of the highest rates of population growth of any UK city outside of London. We find that migration has been the main driver for this growth. More people from outside the UK are choosing to live, work and study in Coventry than ever before. This is testament to the city’s changing fortunes, its buoyant labour market, the emergence of a world-class higher education sector, and a bi-product of its diversity.