Most British Feel Ethnic Minorities are a Threat to 'Britishness,' Study Finds
The majority of Britons believe ethnic minorities living in the UK are a threat to their culture, a new study suggests
Up to a quarter of the population thinks immigrants are snatching jobs, while just over a third (34 percent) believe that they take more from the nation than they contribute, according to this year’s Aurora Humanitarian Index survey.
The study also found that respondents believe Brexit will have an impact on the UK’s ability to deal with the exodus of refugees flowing into Europe from war-torn areas.
A large number of people lack confidence in world leaders to tackle the refugee crisis, the survey found, and when it comes to Prime Minister Theresa May only a minority (15 percent) think she is the best figure to resolve the issue.
Announcing their general election manifesto in Halifax last week, the Tories renewed their pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, a commitment first made by former Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2010.
Net migration levels in 2016, however, stood at 248,000, leading many opposition figuresto question the viability of the Tory pledge.
The 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index surveyed 6,500 people from 12 countries.
In the UK specifically, it found that 56 percent of UK nationals believe “Britishness” is at stake because of ethnic minorities.
Up to 26 percent believe immigrants take jobs away from the British, while half of Britons believe their impact is neutral.
The findings follow a Global Future report last week, which said the UK needs current net migration levels to stay as they are if it wants to avoid an “economic catastrophe” once Brexit starts taking effect.
It warned that if the UK government carries on being so selective over its labor resources, the country risks a decade of slow economic growth similar to Japan.