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Londoners most sympathetic towards immigration

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The findings form a part of  a new research. It also suiggets there is no connection between the number of immigrants in a British region and local attitudes towards immigration.

The survey conducted by Oxford University's Migration Observatory found that a higher number of immigrants in Briton’s area did not equate to heightened concern about immigration.

As per a report in your Local Guardian, Researchers looked at whether London's high foreign-born population accounted for its relatively high opposition to immigration cuts.

They found that white British-born nationals living in London were significantly less likely to support cuts to immigration than white British respondents elsewhere in the country. This suggested that London's lower support for cuts to immigration is not solely the result of its high immigrant population.

In Scotland, however, where just 4.4 per cent of the population is foreign-born, support for maintaining current levels of immigration rivals London.

A total of 39.3 per cent would like to see levels remain the same or increase, while 56 percent would like to see a reduction.

Dr Scott Blinder, Oxford University Migration Observatory's public opinion specialist, said: "From our findings we don't observe any correlation between number of migrants in a region and attitudes towards immigrants."

He added: "We speculate that in London there's research to show that actually personal contact makes people more positive about certain groups.”

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