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Poll: UK has 'too many' immigrants

Seven out of 10 Britons believe there are too many immigrants in the country, according to a new poll.

Three in four agreed that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services while three in five agreed that it had made it harder for Britons to get jobs, the survey suggested.

Just one in four thought immigration had been good for the economy, found the survey of 1,000 people by Ipsos Mori.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants to cut net migration from the current 242,000 to the levels of the 1990s when the number of people coming to the UK was in the "tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands".

Ashish Prashar, of Ipsos Mori, said: "Clearly, people in Britain are concerned how immigration is affecting their employment opportunities; the strain on public services; and impact on a sluggish economy.

"These concerns are also reflected in many countries around the world."

The survey of more than 17,000 people in 23 countries showed that only Russians (77%) and Belgians (72%) were more likely than Britons (71%) to agree there were too many immigrants in their country.

The Japanese were the happiest with their current level of immigration, with just 15% agreeing with the statement that there were too many immigrants in Japan.

The Global @dvisor survey by Ipsos Mori polled 17,601 adults aged 18-64 in the US and Canada, and age 16-64 in the 21 other countries - including about 1,000 people in Great Britain - online between July 15 and 28, 2011. Results were weighted to balance demographics


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