According to a global survey, the Brit are the most convinced of the benefits of immigration than any other major European country. The survey also suggests that almost half of the Britons think that Immigrants are either positive or even if they aren’t, they are not likely to affect the country in a positive or a negative way. The global YouGov survey suggested that men were more open to the benefits of immigration than women, about 32% of men to an average of 24% women said the overall impact was positive.
According to a Cambridge Globalism Survey, 28% of Britons believed the benefits of immigration outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany, 21% in France and 19% in Denmark. A further 20% of British people believed the costs and benefits were about the same. Through the findings of the survey, the previous allegations that Britain is more hostile than any of its European counterparts was ruled out. In fact, data suggests 50% Italians, 49% Swedes, 42% French and 40% Germans believe the net impact of immigration is negative. Whilst 37% of the Britons feel the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits. The number suggests a steady decline in comparison to the other European neighboring nations.
Reports alleged Britain to a less compassionate response to the 2015 European Migration Crisis. But experts have noticed a swerve in the attitudes of the Britons and believe they have ‘soften’ in their attitudes towards the issue of immigration since the vote. This could be partly influenced by the end of freedom of movement and the dramatic drop in the net migration number to the UK from the European countries. The figures have dropped considerably to its lowest level since 2009.
The result of the survey study comes well in time, just before the European Parliamentary Elections, where Populist, anti-immigrant forces are expected to perform well across Europe.