Britons want cut in immigration: A recent survey reveals

A survey of Social attitudes has revealed that more than three-quarters of British people want to see a cut in immigration.

However, only only 47% of people think immigration is bad for the economy, down from 52% two years previously.

Penny Young, chief executive at NatCen Social Research, which conducted the survey, said the results show a rise in calls for curbs on immigration “even before the restrictions on migrants from Romania or Bulgaria were lifted at the start of the year”.

“The public broadly agrees that immigration is too high, but there are stark social divisions over the economic and cultural benefits of immigration,” she added.

Britons want cut in immigration: A recent survey reveals

Britons want cut in immigration: A recent survey reveals

The latest results of the survey are to be revealed in a BBC Two documentary – the Truth About Immigration on Tuesday, 7th January at 9.30 P.M. This comes nearly a week after access restrictions to the UK labour market were lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians.

The research shows 5 4% of respondents see immigration as good for the economy and 55% of those who see it is as culturally beneficial also want to see immigration reduced.

Theresa May, Home Secretary, told the programme: “I think the problem in the past has been that there’s been this general assumption that immigration was always good for the economy.

“I don’t think people have looked at it sufficiently closely to be able to recognise the impact it has on members of the public.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the programme that he believed that fear of being labelled as a racist has stifled the debate on immigration.

He said: “They tried to rubbish us, they tried to say that anybody that dared to talk about this subject was necessarily a bad person and racist, that was what they tried to do and actually this has been going on ever since (Enoch) Powell’s speech.”

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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