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Friday 11 December 2015

British ethnic minorities differing views on immigration and Europe explored in a new report by the Runnymede Trust.

Key findings are that BME people:

  • Feel more positive about immigration than the general population;
  • Are more likely to feel that the public debate around immigration negatively impacts on them personally, even if they or their parents were born in Britain;
  • As a result BME citizens feel they sometimes need to ‘prove’ they are British;
  • Broadly share concerns of the wider population around the pace of immigration, but their concerns are more focussed on pressure to services and less on cultural impact;
  • Are more ambivalent about Europe and are less likely to take advantage of free movement within EU borders;
  • Were more concerned about Britain being a 'hostile environment' for immigrants, including the Home Office 'Go Home' vans;
  • Welfare benefits: BME people are more likely to be concerned about the impact of benefit cuts on immigrant families;
  • Schools: BME people are more likely to be concerned that their British-born children have less rights to access public services;
  • Citizenship and immigration system: BME people are more likely to be concerned about the cost of the citizenship process, family visa policies and Home Office responses to immigration queries;
  • Variations between different BME groups: Long-settled communities were more likely to believe newer migrants had easier experiences;
  • Europe: BME people are more likely to view Europe in explicitly ethnic or racial terms, identifying ‘Fortress Europe’ as a way of keeping out non-white immigrants while allowing significant levels of European migration.

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