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Attitudes towards immigrants have hardened considerably over the past eight years

By Peter Kellner   October 2013

“Most people still say that immigration is either a small problem or no problem in the area where they live”

Immigration has always been a contentious issue. However, in the past, many people have had nuanced views. They have found it possible to combine dislike of the scale of immigration with a recognition that immigrants help Britain’s economy and keep vital public services going.

YouGov’s latest survey for Prospect finds a sharp change. We repeated some questions we asked eight years ago. Hostility to immigration is up and belief in…

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