70% of Britons want sharp cuts in immigration levels
20th May 2009: Even as London Mayor Boris Johnson said he was in favour of regularizing the status of the immigrants without turning the system into a magnet which attracts the law breakers, a poll has come out with disturbing results.
Mr. Johnson’s call for assisting half a million in London notwithstanding, the poll commissioned by MigrationWatch for the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, found that more than seven out of 10 adults want sharp cuts in immigration levels of more than 80 per cent.
Across the country, only five per cent of the people supported current immigrant levels, while 79 per cent said they were concerned about migrant numbers.
The poll found support from young people for drastic cuts. Among 18 to 34-year-olds, more than 60 per cent called for immigration levels to be set at 50,000 or less.
MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, chairmen of the cross party balanced migration group said: "This poll shows the public’s concern about immigration is very widely felt and the demand for change very strong indeed. If mainstream parties do not tackle these issues, the extremist parties will. Silence and inaction on immigration are the recruiting sergeants for the BNP," PA reported.
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: "We have listened to the British people and have made huge changes to the immigration system including banning low skilled workers from outside Europe and tightening the criteria for highly skilled migrants. As a result we expect to see reductions in the numbers coming here."
The migrants can, however, take solace in the Mayor’s assurance that the British would never adopt the policy of throwing them out, so the viable alternative was to bring them into the mainstream.
The Mayor renewed the call for earned amnesty during the annual “State of London Debate” organized recently at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.