150,000 pounds spent to find out public response to immigrants in the UKDecember 1st, 2007 - 2:16 pm ICT by admin
London, Dec.1 (ANI): The British Government reportedly spent 150,000 pounds to compile data on immigrants in the country, including a detail that said that currently over 500,000 immigrants enter the country annually.
Whitehall officials said the survey was undertaken to determine public attitudes to migration. They had hoped to produce reassuring data to comfort ministers wrestling with the shambles of Labour’s asylum and immigration policy.
Instead, an overwhelming majority of the population said there were too many immigrants in Britain and strict quotas should be imposed on the numbers entering.
More than three-quarters supported an upper limit on migration and a majority (52 per cent) said it should be set at 10,000 a year.
The poll results have overjoyed the Conservative Party, which has made imposing an upper limit on migration its official policy.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: “The Home Office cannot ignore this. Not only does their own research show that the public believe the Home Office’s approach to immigration is a shambles, but 77 per cent of the public think the solution is for them to adopt Conservative policy.”
The main poll, carried out in June this year, found that according to 23 per cent of the population immigration is the single most important issue facing Britain.
Of those who listed immigration as a problem, 46 per cent said they were alarmed by “abuse of, or burden on, public services, the Daily Times reported.
Others cited pressure on jobs and a lack of effective controls, as well as concerns over crime and tensions between different communities.
Two-thirds (68 per cent) of those who took part in the survey agreed with the statement there are “too many immigrants in Britain”, while only 15 per cent disagreed.
Nearly nine out of ten said immigrants should learn to speak English.
Equally worrying for Labour was the finding that 68 per cent said they were “dissatisfied” with the way the Government is dealing with immigration and asylum. Only 14 per cent said they were happy.
A separate ‘tracker’ survey compiled in August this year revealed more bad news for the Government’s immigration policy.
Some 37 per cent said there were too many illegal immigrants and asylum seekers coming into the country and only 16 per cent were satisfied with the way the Government was dealing with the issue.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: “The most stunning result is that half of the population want to see immigration limited to less than 10,000. (ANI)
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