The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

“Amer­i­cans’ views on im­mi­gra­tion and refugees mir­ror global un­ease. Both in the U.S. and world­wide, nearly half say there are too many im­mi­grants in their coun­try and four in 10 sup­port clos­ing bor­ders to refugees en­tirely,” re­ports a mas­sive Ip­sos poll of 18,000 cit­i­zens in 25 na­tions who gen­er­ally agree that global im­mi­gra­tion is in­creas­ing, with “neg­a­tive con­se­quences.”

Among the find­ings: 75 per­cent of the re­spon­dents say “the amount of mi­grants” in their coun­try has in­creased; 44 per­cent agree that “im­mi­gra­tion is caus­ing my coun­try to change in ways I don’t like.” A quar­ter dis­agreed. Al­most half — 48 per­cent — said there were “too many new ar­rivals” in their na­tion; 21 per­cent dis­agreed.

The poll also found that 42 per­cent said the im­pact of im­mi­gra­tion in their home­land has been neg­a­tive, while 21 per­cent said the ef­fect had been pos­i­tive. An­other 49 per­cent said im­mi­gra­tion placed “too much pres­sure on pub­lic ser­vices”; 19 per­cent dis­agreed.

The wide-rang­ing poll of 17,903 adults was con­ducted June 24-July 8 in Ar­gentina, Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ger­many, Great Bri­tain, Hun­gary, In­dia, Italy, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia, Ser­bia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Turkey and the United States. The find­ings were re­leased Wed­nes­day.


Ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey, 44 per­cent of re­spon­dents agree that “im­mi­gra­tion is caus­ing my coun­try to change in ways I don’t like.”

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