For every positive report on immigration, there is a negative one.
The British Chambers of Commerce, in its report, just a couple of days back made it clear that nearly 60 per cent of businesses with more than 50 employees recruit ‘some migrant workers’ as they ‘are unable to find the skilled workers they need in the UK’.
And now here is another report. More than two-thirds of British people see immigration as more of a problem than an opportunity.
In terms of statistics, the survey says 68 per cent of people in the UK think immigration is more of a problem than an opportunity. It is high compared with 53 per cent of people in the US and an European average of 52 per cent.
The report suggests people in the UK are more cynical than those in the United States, France, Germany, Italy or Spain on the issue of immigration.
The annual Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey also shows Britons feel more strongly than people in the other western countries that immigrants take jobs away from native workers.
The poll of about 1,000 people in the UK also indicates Britons are most cautious of immigrants with low educational levels, compared with equivalent surveys in the US, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Illegal immigration is a matter of concern. Three in five support calls for the forced repatriation of illegal immigrants. More than two-fifths think reinforcing the UK’s borders is the best way to tackle illegal immigration.
Just about 17 per cent of Britons are in favour of having more immigrants with low educational levels, compared with a European average of 29 per cent.
Two in five see immigration as culturally enriching. One in two talk about its negative effect on culture.
As reports after reports continue to pour in, and some of them are nothing but contradictory, it’s for the people not to be swayed.
The need of the hour is to look at immigration dispassionately and neutrally. It’s you who has to place the benefits and the problems in the scale of righteousness and impartiality too see whether the blessings outweigh the disadvantages and the difficulties.
An unruffled analysis detached from the effect of the anti-immigration forces will eventually reveal UK needs immigrants. And, they are here to stay by the dint of their hard work and dedication.