Britons most averse to migrants

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 February 2007 , LONDON - Britons are more averse to receiving more European migrants in their country than residents in four other major European countries, according to a poll published in the Financial Times on Monday.

19 February 2007

LONDON - Britons are more averse to receiving more European migrants in their country than residents in four other major European countries, according to a poll published in the Financial Times on Monday.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for the business daily, showed that 47 percent of Britons believe that migrant workers within the EU had been negative for the country's economy, compared to 24 percent of Spaniards who held similar views.

Some 76 percent of British respondents also said they wanted tighter border controls, and 66 percent said there were "too many foreigners" in Britain, both of which were higher than their European counterparts in Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

According to the poll, Britain is the second-most popular destination for European migrants, behind only Spain, and is seen as having the healthiest economy along with Germany.

Among the respondents in the five countries, the French were the least interested in working in another country, in spite of the fact that 73 percent of French respondents said life was getting worse, behind only Italy.

Spaniards, by contrast, were the most optimistic among any of their counterparts in the four other EU countries that their lives were getting better, and Spain was also the most favoured destination among the countries surveyed for Britons.

Harris Interactive questioned 6,561 people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States.

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