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Public attitudes to immigration are more nuanced than you think

Politicians must take that into account

By Jill Rutter  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Immigration policy has for some time been premised on the idea that immigration is deeply unpopular—and hence the “tougher” policies are, the more public support they will gain. Recent research, however, shows that attitudes to immigration are gradually becoming more positive—and that voters take a more balanced view than politicians credit. Here is how public policy should take that into account.

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