Report on British attitudes to immigration and integration

In June 2012, GMF (the German Marshall Fund of the United States)¬†published ‘Parochial and Cosmopolitan Britain: Examining the Social Divide in Reactions to Immigration’ by Robert Ford.

The report shows:

British opinion is negative overall, but strongly divided: The British public is more negative about immigration than that of the other countries surveyed by Transatlantic Trends Immigration (TTI), but they are also more divided over the issue. Age, education, economic security, and migrant heritage all strongly predict views about immigration and immigrants in TTI countries, but the effects are stronger in Britain than elsewhere. These factors also all overlap, both in Britain and elsewhere; in particular, the last three are all related to age. The result is a generational divide over immigration, with older generations much more hostile about immigration than younger cohorts. This divide is wider in Britain than in other TTI countries.

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