Today’s Washington Post discusses immigration fears both in the United States and in Europe.
Americans and Europeans share deep concerns about immigration, with a large percentage worrying that it can bring crime and displace workers, even though a majority agree that it does not increase the risk of terrorism, according to an opinion survey sponsored by the German Marshall Fund.
People on both sides of the Atlantic express sharply negative views of illegal immigration, and roughly half of respondents said they think immigration in general is “more of a problem” than an opportunity for their societies. The European nations surveyed were the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
“Real anxiety about legal immigration exists, but it is dwarfed by concerns about illegal immigration,” the fund said in a statement yesterday. At least 80 percent of respondents in all surveyed countries called for stronger border controls, and more than 73 percent in all the countries called for tougher sanctions on those who hire illegal immigrants.
This video has been around a few years but it gives an overall synopsis of how many Brits feel immigration to their country. Loss of culture, cost, and granting of asylum when unwarranted seem to be chief beefs. Do we see any similarities between the sentiments expressed here and the ones we see expressed in the United States?
Notice where the Brit ‘escape boat’ is headed.
I will ask my Brit friend to drop by and give his opinion.
Warning: Some may find the accompanying video offensive.