A survey conducted by global research company Ipsos finds that nearly one half (45%) of global citizens believe ‘immigration has generally had a negative impact on their country’ compared to just one in five (21%) who believe the impact has been positive; all others (29%) are on the fence.
The poll of 17,601 adults also finds that those with the strongest opinion that immigration has generally been negative for their country are from Belgium (72%) followed by those from South Africa (70%), Russia (69%), Great Britain (64%), Turkey (57%), the United States (56%), Italy (56%) and Spain (55%).
Furthermore, half (52%) agree ‘there are too many immigrants in their country’. A quarter (25%) feel neutral on the topic while two in ten (19%) disagree. The countries most likely to agree are: Russia (77%), Belgium (72%), Great Britain (71%), Italy (67%), Spain (67%), South Africa (66%) and Argentina (61%).