`Britons believe UK has too many immigrants`
London: Nearly three quarters of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the country, a survey by IPSOS Mori has said.
The survey put UK third highest in a league table of 23 countries according to concerns about migrant numbers.
It showed Britain topped the table of countries according to concerns over the impact of migrants on public services.
Some 76 percent of those questioned said immigration had put too much pressure on hospitals, transport services and schools, according to a report in the `Daily Mail`.
The David Cameron government has committed itself to reducing net migration to the `tens of thousands` annually.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank said, "Concern in Britain is almost the highest in the world. This is a measure of the chaotic legacy of three million immigrants admitted by the previous government".
He added, "The poll is a timely reminder that the present government must keep its pledge to get immigration down to tens of thousands or pay a very heavy price with public opinion".
The Global advisor survey compared attitudes to immigration in 23 countries including the USA, India and Brazil.
Some 71 percent of Britons agreed there are `too many immigrants in our country`.
Only Russians (77 percent) and Belgians (72 percent) were more concerned about migrant numbers.
Bottom of the list was Japan where just 15 percent agreed.
A total of 76 percent of Britons agreed immigration had put too much pressure on public services, putting this country top of the table ahead of Spain (70 percent), Belgium (68 percent) and the US (66 percent).
Britain was third in the table of attitudes to migrant workers and jobs.
Sixty-two percent said migrants meant it was more difficult to find jobs in Britain.
In Russia, the figure was 75 percent and South Africa 64 percent.
Ipsos MORI spokesman Ashish Prashar said, "Clearly people in Britain are concerned how immigration is affecting their employment opportunities; the strain on public services; and impact on a sluggish economy.”
“These concerns are also reflected in many countries around the world.”
Immigration Minister Damian Green said, "For too long immigration was allowed to get out of control and we are taking action to reduce net migration back to the tens of thousands.”
“In the past year we have introduced an annual limit on the number of non-European workers able to come to the UK and overhauled student visas. We are currently consulting on restricting settlement rights and the family route".
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