En ny undersøkelse i Storbritannia viser at befolkningens negative holdninger til masseinnvandring har økt de siste ti årene. Rapporten British Social Attitudes viser også sterkere støtte til kravet om reduksjon av antallet innvandrere og at de mest negative holdningene til innvandring er å finne blant uutdannede og ufaglærte. Spesielt upopulære er arbeidsinnvandere og utenlandske studenter med dårlige karakterer.

It will be seen as a boost to the Government’s plans to cut net migration – the number of people added to the population every year – from the current level of more than 200,000 to the “tens of thousands” by 2015.

“Our evidence suggests that the broad outlines of this approach are in line with public opinion – more than anything, what sways British voters in favour of migration is the perception that migrants are highly-qualified,” said the authors, led by Robert Ford, a politics lecturer at the University of Manchester.
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The report says that following the election of New Labour in 1997 and the passing of the Human Rights Act the following year, migration controls were “relaxed” and methods of restricting asylum were “limited”.

This was followed by a “large wave” of new arrivals from the eight Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

Analysis of survey responses taken over the past two decades shows there has been a “sustained increase in demands for lower overall immigration”.

Antallet som mener at innvandringen bør «reduseres mye» har økt fra 39 prosent i 1995 til 51 prosent i 2011. Det er en nedgang på 4 prosent fra 2008.

Respondentene som mener at den økonomiske effekten av innvandringen er «veldig dårlig», har økt fra 11 til 21 prosent på de siste ti år, samtidig som undersøkelsen viser at langt færre inntar en nøytral stilling til temaet nå enn før.

I tillegg har antallet som mener at den kulturelle effekten av innvandringen er «veldig dårlig» økt fra 9 til 21 prosent i den samme perioden.

Just over a quarter of first- or second-generation migrants had negative views about the changes immigration has wrought on British society.

Detailed questioning showed that professionals and talented students were preferred, particularly by respondents who were themselves well-educated.

Rapportens forfattere konkluderer med at de siste 15 årenes innvandring har vært den største i britisk historie, og at «befolkningen har reagert på dette med styrkede krav om redusering av innvandringen og stadig mer negative synspunkter på den kulturelle og økonomiske effekten innvandrerne har på Storbritannia.»

Meanwhile a separate poll has found that 70 per cent of people want a limit on the number of overseas students admitted to British colleges and universities.

The same proportion thought that those who understood little English should be removed from the country, and even more believed that foreigners who work when they are meant to be studying should be deported.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, which commissioned the YouGov survey of 2,910 adults, said: “This gives the lie to those who have been claiming that the public are not concerned about student inflows.»

Samtidig viser en YouGov-undersøkelse at stadig flere kunne tenke seg å stemme på et politisk parti som lover å stanse all innvandring eller lover å redusere antall muslimer og/eller islams tilstedeværelse i samfunnet:

More people would support a political party that pledged to stop all immigration or promised to reduce the number of Muslims than one that encouraged multiculturalism, a survey conducted in the wake of the Olympics reveals.

Despite London 2012 being heralded as a celebration of a diverse society, the research suggests much of the electorate remains open to views traditionally associated with far-right groups.

The survey, conducted by YouGov with 1,750 respondents, found that 41% of people would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to stop all immigration, compared with 28% who said they would be less likely to support a group that promoted such policies.

In addition, 37% admitted that they would be more likely to support a political party that promised to reduce the number of Muslims in Britain and the presence of Islam in society, compared with 23% who said it would make them less likely.

The Telegraph: Britons increasingly negative about impact of immigration

The Guardian: Voters more likely to back an anti-Muslim party than reject it – poll