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58% Londoners say immigration is good for economy

More likely to oppose the proposed cap than people in other parts of UK


22nd February 2011: The Conservatives’ proposed cap on immigration may not find favour with nearly one fourth of Londoners, after all.

oxford_circus_station.jpgA poll by Ipsos MORI suggests they are more likely to oppose the proposed cap, than people in other parts of the UK.

More than half — 58 per cent — Londoners say immigration is good for the economy. Just 17 per cent disagree.

The poll result suggests nearly one in four — approximately 23 per cent — Londoners are not in favour of the policy. The statistics are in sharp contrast to the rest of the UK.
Just 15 per cent are against the cap on migration from outside the European Union across Britain as a whole.

Nothing less than one in eight, or 12 per cent, respondents in the capital “strongly oppose” the cap. Approximately the same number “strongly supports” the cap.

Ipsos MORI chief executive Ben Page says diversity of London as a whole tends to makes people more comfortable living with people from a wide range of background.

Agreeing, economist Philippe Legrain says the capital nurtures more positive attitudes to migration; and it is even reflected by its mayor Boris Johnson, who has called for an immigration amnesty and is out of line with UK-wide Conservative views on migration.

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