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58 per cent of Brits think the government has hidden the “true cost” of immigration

Conspiracy theories around immigration have become the mainstream—and liberal politicians appear ill-equipped to tackle it

By Sophia Gaston  

File photo dated 12/09/17 of a UK Border Force officer at London St Pancras station. Border Force staff could face holiday curbs if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

As an island nation, Great Britain has long been preoccupied with the comings and goings of its population. Having dominated political life in peaks and troughs for much of the past 60 years, it is not surprising that citizens scrutinise governments’ policies on immigration more fiercely than any other issue.

Over recent years, a potent mix of forces have begun to rapidly catalyse this scepticism towards suspicion, with potentially dangerous consequences. Across the West, traditional parties…

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