‘There ARE Too Many Immigrants in the UK’, Say Seven in 10 Britons

Jack Doyle and Kirsty Walker, Daily Mail (London), August 5, 2011

Nearly three quarters of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the country, a survey revealed yesterday.

The international poll, by IPSOS Mori, put the UK third highest in a league table of 23 countries according to concerns about migrant numbers.

And it showed Britain topped the table of countries according to concerns over the impact of migrants on public services.

Some 76 per cent of those questioned said immigration had put too much pressure on hospitals, transport services and schools.

The poll exposes the huge on-going scale of public worry over migration levels in recent years.

Under Labour’s open door immigration policy, the population was boosted by more than 3.2 million arrivals from overseas.

Home Secretary Theresa May has made clear her determination to reduce net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’.

But the task of the coalition government in trying to get migrant numbers down to manageable levels has been made harder by a recent spike in new arrivals.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank said: ‘Concern in Britain is almost the highest in the world.

‘This is a measure of the chaotic legacy of three million immigrants admitted by the previous government.

‘The poll is a timely reminder that the present government must keep its pledge to get immigration down to tens of thousands or pay a very heavy price with public opinion.’

Last year net immigration–the difference between those arriving and those leaving–rose to near record levels.

In the year to September 2010 it hit 242,000, the third highest on record and the fastest rate since Eastern European countries joined the EU seven years ago and were allowed to come and work in the UK.

The Global @dvisor survey compared attitudes to immigration in 23 countries including the USA, India and Brazil.

Some 71 per cent of Britons agreed there are ‘too many immigrants in our country’. Only Russians (77 per cent) and Belgians (72 per cent) were more concerned about migrant numbers.

Bottom of the list was Japan where just 15 per cent agreed.

A total of 76 per cent of Britons agreed immigration had put too much pressure on public services, putting this country top of the table ahead of Spain (70 per cent), Belgium (68 per cent) and the US (66 per cent).

Britain was third in the table of attitudes to migrant workers and jobs. Sixty-two per cent said migrants meant it was more difficult to find jobs in Britain. In Russia the figure was 75 per cent and South Africa 64 per cent.

Just one in four (27 per cent) said immigration was good for the economy. One third (33 per cent) of Britons agreed that migrants made the country a more interesting place to live. In Brazil the figure was 49 per cent and Australia 46 per cent.

Ipsos MORI spokesman Ashish Prashar said: ‘Clearly people in Britain are concerned how immigration is affecting their employment opportunities; the strain on public services; and impact on a sluggish economy. These concerns are also reflected in many countries around the world.’

A survey by the department for Communities and Local Government this year found more than half the population want to see numbers coming from abroad to live in Britain reduced by ‘a lot’.

A Home Office cap on the number of migrant workers allowed in from outside the EU came into force in April.

Ministers have also pledged to crackdown on bogus students and colleges, and tighten rules on who can settle in the UK.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘For too long immigration was allowed to get out of control and we are taking action to reduce net migration back to the tens of thousands.

‘In the past year we have introduced an annual limit on the number of non-European workers able to come to the UK and overhauled student visas.

‘We are currently consulting on restricting settlement rights and the family route.’

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  • Anonymous

    The simpleton economic strategy of growing your economy by growing your population via 3rd world immigrants will only accelerate the collapse of the country, as the immigrants care nothing for their new home and will consume far more than they contribute. The only way to sustain an economy is to either discover an economic policy not dependent on growth, or to focus on homogeneous population growth. The US baby boom is an example of the latter, no one has been smart enough to figure out the former

  • WR the elder

    Seven of ten Britons agree that there are too many immigrants in the UK, yet not one in ten will vote for the BNP.

    Seven of ten Americans would agree that there are too many immigrants in America, yet not one in ten would vote for the A3P, even if they had heard of it.

    That is why both countries are doomed.

  • Anonymous

    The other three are immigrants mistakenly labeled as “Britons”.

  • Anonymous

    In the days following 9/11, nearly all transcontinental travel was shut down, proving that movement can be stopped by executive order.

    “But the task of the coalition government in trying to get migrant numbers down to manageable levels has been made harder by a recent spike in new arrivals.”

    New arrivals enter because Britain’s overseas consulates are still issueing entry visas, and haven’t been ordered not to. This isn’t rocket science to figure out.

  • Athelstan

    The British people just sit and moan but will continue to vote for those parties that promote mass immigration into the U.K. Political parties like the BNP and other nationalist and patriotic parties get hardly any votes from the public and the media who have been very successful in branding them as racists and fascists. The BNP have not helped themselves either with their constant internal wrangling and corruption. Britain does not have control of its own borders and will not be able to stop massive immigration due to its membership of the EU. The demographic transformation of the country continues apace and by the end of the century whites will be finished! The traitors who have done this to my country must pay and surely one day they will.

  • highduke

    The disparity between anti-immigration sentiment and its expression in voting for anti-immigration parties could be manifestation of latent re-adjustment of voting patterns, ie: they need to be angry for a long time before they explode, typical of passive-aggressive neurotic individuals & groups and apparently exemplified by the British stock world-wide. Give it another 20 years and pray for a UK Tea Party to hasten the process.

  • François

    “Some 71 per cent of Britons agreed there are ‘too many immigrants in our country’…”

    Is the British mainstream press going to say that all these people are just ignorant racists?

  • kgb

    Nearly three quarters of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the country, a survey revealed yesterday.

    …And it showed Britain topped the table of countries according to concerns over the impact of migrants on public services.

    Some 76 per cent of those questioned said immigration had put too much pressure on hospitals, transport services and schools.

    Thank God! Just when I’d given up on Britain holding her own against the River Tiber foaming with much blood, I see some

    sense coming from the common Brit that shows they want their

    PC mandarins to quit enforcing equality at the cost of sanity

    and common order.

    …Although I personally would like to see immigration to the sceptered isle reduced not to “tens of thousands” but to “tens.”

  • Anonymous

    The worm may be turning, last night the North London area of Totteham was destroyed by black rioters…

  • Aux Armes Citoyens

    http://goo.gl/F41BS

    Britain is reaping more rewards of Black enrichment.