Britons want cuts in immigration level
London: About 80 percent people in Britain want to see cuts in the level of immigration, a survey carried out for the government has revealed.
According to the Daily Mail, more than half the population want to see numbers coming from abroad to live in Britain reduced by "a lot", the study found.
The poll, carried out for the communities department, showed that public demand for reducing immigration is overwhelming and growing.
It amounts to a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May that concerns over immigration -- which played a central role in last year`s general election -- have not gone away and are likely to lead to voter frustration if the coalition fails to keep its promises.
Ministers have pledged to bring net migration -- the number of people added to the population by migration each year -- down to 1990s levels of under 100,000. In Labour`s last year in power, net migration was 215,000.
The Communities Department Citizenship Survey -- a research project launched while Tony Blair was prime minister -- attempts to measure "community cohesion", the daily said.
Its findings on immigration are notable because the survey was designed to ensure that ethnic minorities and Muslims were "robustly represented" among those consulted.
Some 10,000 people were questioned, but pollsters then gauged opinions from a further 5,000 ethnic minority members and 1,200 Muslims before reaching their conclusions.
The survey found that 78 percent of the population want to see immigration cut back. A quarter (24 percent) would like to see immigration reduced a little, while 54 percent said they wanted it cut "a lot". Fewer than one in five - 19 percent - said levels should stay the same. Only three people in 100 thought there should be an increase.
Andrew Green of the Migrationwatch think-tank said: "These figures are a very clear indication that, despite our economic troubles, immigration remains high among public concerns. The coalition government, and especially its Liberal Democrat members, would do well to remember that."
In April, the government will cap numbers of visas for less skilled workers from outside Europe to 21,700 for 2012, a reduction of a fifth. A consultation on how to cut numbers of student visas is under way.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Rajasthan: Gujjars revive reservation agitation, block rail track
- J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- ISIS to buy first nuclear weapon from Pak?
- Mumbai: CCTV captures assailant with gun at Film City
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- BJP now central pole of Indian politics: Arun Jaitley
- Maharashtra FDA sends Maggi noodles for lab testing
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- Haridwar: Hotel Radisson Blu sealed for polluting Ganga
- Delhi: Two killed in road accident in New Ashok Nagar
- Girl in Punjab's Pathankot quit studies for fear of eve-teasing
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Special: Furious over rising water crisis, people take to the streets
- Fiji: Floating island restaurant in middle of ocean
- Goa Board SSC Exam Results 2015 announced
- Rahul Gandhi to pressurise govt to act on one-rank-one-pension issue
- ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?
- Manohar Parrikar visits forward areas along LoC, reviews security situation
- Credibility of Prime Minister's Office restored by BJP, says Arun Jaitley
- There will be no delay in appointing CIC, CVC: Jitendra Singh
- ISIS justifies raping slave girls, says Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'
- Arvind Kejriwal to highlight AAP govt's 100 days work on Monday
- 'Unhappy' Celina Jaitley asks Sunny Leone to move out?
- BJP's plan for one-year celebration: 200 big rallies, 5,000 public meetings
- IPL 2015 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Preview
- CBSE Results 2015: 10th board exam results to be declared on May 27
- Heatwave leaves 153 dead in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
- IPL 8 Final: We need to be at our best against Mumbai, says Michael Hussey
- Jayalalithaa returns as Tamil Nadu CM: As it happened