Survey finds 81 per cent support the cap
30th November 2010: Less than a fortnight after the critics of the government described immigration cap as “costly and counter-productive”, the general public apparently does not agree — at least this is what a survey by YouGov suggests.
The survey found 81 per cent support the cap on economic migration. According to the findings, the public rather wants stricter controls on immigration to the UK.
Those expressing opinion in the favour of the cap include Lib Dem supporters, even though the coalition partner has all along been insisting that immigration cap could put pressure on British businesses and science research.
In fact, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had earlier dismissed immigration cap plans by asserting people want a generous immigration system.
Agreeing on the need to be ‘tough on numbers’, Clegg had made it clear much more important was to ensure immigration system has people’s confidence, people’s trust and people were coming in for the right reasons.
He had asserted the people wanted an immigration system which was fair, open and generous.
His assertion echoed concerns expressed by Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable. He had caused a flutter during David Cameron’s trip to India by expressing views against the cap, which he believed would harm trade links.
Cable had suggested a ‘light touch’ immigration policy.
The survey has now found that the public, including a substantial number of Lib Dem supporters, was calling on the coalition to go further.
The survey claimed approximately 70 per cent of the public was of the view that net immigration of 50,000 or less would be best for Britain.
Approximately 61 per cent of Lib Dems supporters, in fact, aired this view. Carried out for Migrationwatch, the survey further found 16 per cent of Lib Dems wanted annual net migration of 50,000. Another 36 per cent were in favour of same number of people arriving each year as leaving. Nine per cent favoured more emigrants than immigrants.
The cap policy received a nod by 79 per cent Lib Dems. Their number was higher than the Labour votes, but less than the Conservatives.
The policy saw approval by 95 per cent of Conservatives and 69 per cent of Labour voters.
The public also expressed concern on a report claiming white Britons will find themselves a minority by 2066, if immigration continues at current pace.