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(01/29/08) -

Most Britons Call for Immigration Limits

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More than three-in-four Britons think new laws are needed to reduce the number of immigrants arriving to their country, according to a poll by ICM Research. 78 per cent of respondents think it should be made harder for immigrants to settle in Britain.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More than three-in-four Britons think new laws are needed to reduce the number of immigrants arriving to their country, according to a poll by ICM Research. 78 per cent of respondents think it should be made harder for immigrants to settle in Britain.

In April 2005, as part of the governing Labour party’s election manifesto, then British prime minister Tony Blair announced the introduction of an immigration points system. The plan divides would-be immigrants into five tiers according to skills and job offers. The government claimed the new system will eventually bring an end to the migration of low-skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) into Britain.

In June 2007, Gordon Brown officially became Labour leader and prime minister, replacing Blair. Brown had worked as chancellor of the exchequer. Blair served as Britain’s prime minister since May 1997, winning majority mandates in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections to the House of Commons. Brown named Jacqui Smith as home secretary. Smith is the first woman to ever oversee matters of immigration and counter-terrorism in Britain.

On Jan. 28, Digby Jones, Britain’s minister of state for trade and investment, admitted that once Labour’s new point-based immigration policy is completely implemented citizens from countries not belonging to the EU will find it harder to land a job or immigrate into the country, adding, "If you’re asking whether a Pole will have an advantage over an Indian in getting a job in the UK, then the answer is yes."

Polling Data

Thinking now about immigration into Britain, do you think it should be made easier or harder for immigrants to come to Britain or is the current balance about right?

Should be made easier

4%

Balance is about right

18%

Should be made harder

78%

Source: ICM Research
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,011 British adults, conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2008. No margin of error was provided.