TERROR FEARS: 3 in 5 people are ‘concerned about terrorists pretending to be refugees’

THREE in five people are concerned about terrorists pretending to be refugees, according to an international study of attitudes towards immigration.

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More people think immigration is good for the country than they did last year

The major survey also found that almost four in 10 (38 per cent) of those quizzed believed their country should close its borders.Researchers from Ipsos examined views in 22 nations, carrying out 16,000 interviews between June 24 and July 8.

The report indicated that Britons have become more positive about the impact of immigration over recent years.

One in three people (35 per cent) think immigration has been good for the country – up from 28 per cent a year ago, and the fourth highest proportion in the study.Nearly half (49 per cent) of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the UK, according to the survey.

This was in line with the global average, and down from 60 per cent last year and 71 per cent in 2011.

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Three in 10 would close UK borders to refugees

Other findings for Britain include:• 45 per cent of people say immigration has been good for the economy – up from 38 per cent a year ago and 27 per cent in 2011

• More than a third (38 per cent) say immigration has made it harder for native Britons to get a job – down from 48 per cent a year ago and 62 per cent in 2011

There are more people who are negative than positive about immigration

Bobby Duffy of Ipsos MORI

• Britain is one of the countries most worried about the pressure placed on public services by immigration, with 59 per cent concerned – although this is down from 68 per cent a year ago and from 76 per cent in 2011• Britons are most likely out of any of the countries to say that priority should be given to people with high levels of qualifications and skills to fill needs in particular professions – 61 per cent compared with an average of 40 per cent

• Three in 10 support closing the UK’s borders to refugees, but twice as many disagree, while 63 per cent believe terrorists are pretending to be refugees

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The UK has become more positive on many aspects of immigration

Although in Britain views tend to be more negative than positive, it was mid-table on most measures, according to the report.Bobby Duffy, managing director of Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, said Britain has become more positive about many aspects of immigration.

He said: “This might seem surprising given that the desire to reduce immigration was undoubtedly a key reason for the Brexit vote.

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Less people think immigration makes it harder to get a job

“But firstly, we need to bear in mind that the survey shows that on each individual measure there are still more people who are negative than positive about immigration.“And secondly, the more positive shift in views reflects what we’ve seen in other studies; the referendum has polarised opinion, with an increasing minority saying we’re focusing on immigration too much.”

None of the 22 countries surveyed had a majority of people saying immigration has had a positive impact on their country.Negative attitudes were said to be consistently high in Turkey, Italy, Russia, Belgium and Hungary.

The survey was carried out online among adults aged under 65 in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

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