Is it true that most people in UK are hostile toward immigrants?

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Most people in the UK are sceptical about the government’s handling of immigration and are worried about the effects of immigration on society and the economy, a new report shows.

angry womanThough there are substantial minorities of strong opinion for and against immigration, most people fall into the “anxious middle”, write authors Sunder Katwala and Will Somerville in the Transatlantic Council on Migration publication.

It also emerges from the report that most people in Britain are not hostile toward immigrants themselves, especially skilled ones who can contribute to the economy.

Momentum generated by those who are firmly opposed to current immigration levels was a major factor behind the call for a June 2016 referendum on UK membership in the European Union, and has also played a role in tough migration policies put forward by the coalition and Conservative governments.

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