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Almost two thirds of Scottish youths against immigration

Two thirds of Scottish youths are against increased immigration. It appears that not all young people back mass migration in Britain. A new study commissioned by the Scottish government has found that 65 percent of young Scots are against more immigration.

Published: August 19, 2018, 12:59 pm

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    The Young People’s Attitudes to Immigration report was carried out by Ipsos Mori. They spoke to 1 700 secondary school students, covering ages groups between 11 to 18 years.

    They found that at least 30 percent of those asked wanted immigration levels decrease or totally stopped.

    A further 35 percent were against any further increase, with only 15 percent stating that the numbers coming into Britain should be higher. The remaining 20 per cent said they did not know or would rather not answer in the study commissioned by the Scottish Government.

    The mainstream media have ignored the poll, however. They had previously suggested that young Scotts were pro-EU and open to the idea of mass migration, but almost two-thirds of Scottish teenagers think immigration levels should be cut or not be increased, according to official research.

    The Scottish Government believes cutting net migration poses a major risk to economic prosperity and politicians in Scotland think that current levels of immigration should be maintained.

    The SNP’s Growth Commission has called for tax break for migrants if Scotland votes for independence.

    Older pupils were more likely to feel positive about the impact of immigration in Scotland than younger groups. Almost 30 per cent of those aged 16 or older and can vote in Scottish Parliament elections, said immigration had been “mostly good”.

    This percentage dropped significantly among younger pupils, with only 12 to 14 per cent of those under sixteen agreeing. Girls also perceived the impact of immigration less negatively than boys The Scotsman reported.

    Notably, wealthy students were more positive than those from more deprived areas. A Scottish Government spokesman said: “It is important that we engage with young people and seek their views on issues which affect them and their future, including immigration.”

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