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A new survey conducted for the think tank British Future has revealed that an astonishing 8 in 10 British citizens think that EU migrants who are already settled within the country should definitely be allowed to remain in the UK following the Brexit decision.
The new poll interestingly discovered that the majority of people who support this EU migrant remain stance includes 77% of Leave Voters as well as 78% of Ukip supporters.
The findings also unearthed a result described by British Future as an ‘anxious middle’. This refers to the position that most British people are currently in due to their mixed beliefs on the migrant situation. They are stuck between demonstrating concerns of high levels of migration but they’re also conscious of the economic and social benefits that migrants bring.
75% of the people that took part in the ICM poll said that they agree with a ‘sensible policy to manage immigration’ that controls who enters the country but at the same time maintains a level of immigration that benefits the UK’s economy and wider society, and provides help for refugees who need it.
53% of the people surveyed said that they think the number of refugees who are offered that help should be reduced, whilst a third thought that the level that it is currently at should remain the same. In addition, 14% of British people actually believe more should be offered to refugees in a protection sense.
The director of strategy for British Future, Jill Rutter, was quoted in The Guardian this week saying, ‘There are sure to be changes to immigration policy once we know what shape Brexit takes.’
‘That will bring challenges but it also presents an opportunity – for a comprehensive review of a system that is widely believed to be failing and in which the public has lost all confidence.’
‘Rebuilding public trust in an immigration system that is competent, effective and fair, must be part of this process. Engaging the public in the decisions we make, through a national conversation on immigration, would help to start rebuilding that trust.’