20% of British public against admitting single Pakistani migrant: survey

Published: September 1, 2016
Survey reveals a strong desire for reduction in migrants from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia PHOTO: REUTERS

Survey reveals a strong desire for reduction in migrants from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia PHOTO: REUTERS

At least one in five people in the United Kingdom think that not a single migrant from Turkey, Romania, Nigeria, Egypt or Pakistan should be accepted, according to a new survey.

The survey conducted by YouGov reveals that there is a strong desire for a reduction in migrants from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. In fact, if British voters could have their ideal immigration system, it would accept immigrants with in-demand skills and well-spoken English.

Britain rejecting Pakistani visa applicants in droves

As Britain has now voted to leave the European Union (EU), it would have to develop a new immigration policy. It is likely that the British government would lower immigration levels as a result of the referendum.

An overwhelming majority of the British public – 70% of people – think that immigration into Britain has been too high over the last ten years. Close to half (44%) say it has been “much too high”. According to the study, Britons are most happy with migration from advanced economies, particularly those with English-speaking populations.


The most often cited reasons as to why immigrants should not be accepted are criminal records, low skill-set for the workplace and poor English proficiency. More than eight in ten (83%) of people said that whether a migrant had a record of violent crimes was ‘very important’, as did 62% for minor or non-violent crimes. Further, English proficiency was important for 84% of people, whilst a migrant’s education level was important to 81% of people. Three quarters (76%) of people are also keen to ensure that a migrant already has a job lined up.

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The least cited reasons were religion, IQ and age. Britons want to scrutinise most areas of a migrant’s life before accepting them, including whether a migrant wanted to bring their family (73%), their existing wealth (60%), their age (53%) and even their IQ (53%). In fact, the only area that the majority of people didn’t think was important was a migrant’s religion (31%).

Unsurprisingly, Remain voters take a much more relaxed approach to what type of migrants the UK admits than their Leave-voting counterparts. Following Brexit, Britain certainly has a huge task ahead of it to devise a new immigration policy to suit, if not all, than a majority of people.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • kamal
    Sep 1, 2016 - 11:46AM

    Mr Bean is English. Great comedian. Well true to form so is most of England. They want more ‘migrants’ from countries who don’t want to come to the UK – US, Canada, etc. Why would they come to a 2nd class country. LOL. Class comedy act the Brits.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 1, 2016 - 1:37PM

    And why does any one want to escape or immigrate from Pak. To the best of my knowledge there are no wars or economic problems there .Recommend

  • shafi
    Sep 1, 2016 - 1:39PM

    British should know that every 15th doctors is pakistani, caring health of Britain ,huge investment in britain by pak Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 1, 2016 - 1:56PM

    What’s that…sour grapes ? Recommend

  • Londonwala
    Sep 1, 2016 - 2:55PM

    @Kamal…For people with little intelligence the article is about which countries Britons dont want to see – Pakistan and similar tribe!!! UK will get back its glory days soon hopefully. Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Sep 1, 2016 - 3:26PM

    On what basis do you think UK is second class ?

    I have Australian and USA friends who know have UK citizenship. Several hundred thousand Western Europeans have also made UK their home,specially the French.Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Sep 2, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Look at bright side of picture and you’ll see 80% are in favour of pakistanis to be admitted. now why are you highlighting 20% and ignoring 80%?Recommend

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