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Britons attitude to the problem of migration

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The majority of the Britons are displeased with holding multicultural policy (see application 5).

The researches whish were made in February, 2011 showed that almost two-thirds of white Brits believe that immigration has been bad for the UK.

Half the people quizzed in the study said they believed immigrants "create problems" here.

The survey of 5,000 white Brits showed 63% feel immigration has had a negative effect here. But British Asians were the most vocal on halting immigration until the UK economy improves, with 38%wanting to stop it and 34% of white Brits agreeing with the idea.

The researchers have divided Britons into 6 groups, depending on their opinion about multiculturalism and immigrants:

1. Strong multiculturalists (8% of the population)

This group includes basically highly-educated people – upscale specialists and managers. Their political views are close to Labour, Liberal Democratic and Green Party. Such a people are successful, satisfied with their lifes, feel confident about their future and future of their country. They are sure that Great Britain benefited of immigration.

2. Typical Liberals (16%)

They are optimistic, determined and, as a rule, have high education. They differ from the first group only because they aren’t so enthusiastic about immigration.

3. Citizens, who care about preservation of their identity (28%)

These people are less financially secured, than people who belong to the first and second group. They don’t have their own home, usually live in social houses and look at their future in not such an optimistic way. The majority of them do manual labor. They perceive the immigration depending on its’ influence on their communities. The biggest part of this group is Muslims and representatives of other ethnic minorities. They usually uphold the view of Laborites.


4. Cultural integrationists (24%)

This group includes the most flourishing and prosperous people: upscale specialists and professors. They are older than representatives of other three aforementioned groups. These people tend to assume that the immigration is a cultural problem, they worry about the immigrants’ influence on British identity and about their inability to integrate into British society.

5. Citizens, who are feeling the hidden hostility towards immigrants (10%)

In this group there are usually not young people who don’t have high education and usually are the representatives of the working class. Their future they see unclearly and look pessimistically on the future of their country. They consider that immigration is destroying British culture, has a negative influence on social services and on their own economic prospects. They are always there to support Parties, which are standing for preservation of their identity and way of life.

6. People who are exhibiting open hostility towards immigrants (13%)

The majority of this group is unskilled workers or unemployed. Such a people, us a rule, do not participate in political life of their country. Their attitude to immigrants and simply differing from their ethnic or confessional communities is very negative and hostile. Many of them are sure that violence is permissible if it is used to approve their “rightness”.


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