New Delhi: A larger percentage of Indians consider an influx of immigrants into their country more positive than people of other nationalities, who feel immigration adversely affects their job opportunities and puts stress on public services, a survey has found.
According to a survey conducted by global research company Ipsos, nearly half (45 percent) of global citizens surveyed believe "immigration has generally had a negative impact on their country", compared to 21 percent who believe the impact has been positive.
In addition, 29 percent of the global respondents were divided in their opinion of whether immigration was positive or negative, while the remaining 4 percent of the people surveyed said they did not know.
In contrast, 43 percent of Indian respondents believe immigration has a positive impact on the country, as compared to 29 percent that said it had negative impact.
Notably, eight out of ten Indians believe that the amount of migrants in the country has increased over the last five years.
This is comparable to the global scenario, where 80 percent of people in the 23 countries polled believe that over the last five years, the amount of migrants to their country has increased.
Furthermore, 52 percent of all respondents believe there are too many immigrants in their country, with 48 percent opining they have made it more difficult for their country's people to get jobs, while 51 per cent said it puts too much pressure on a country's public services.
The Ipsos poll of 17,601 adults also finds that those with the strongest opinion that immigration has generally been negative for their country were from Belgium (72 percent), followed by South Africa (70 percent), Russia (69 percent), Great Britain (64 percent), Turkey (57 percent), the US (56 percent), Italy (56 percent) and Spain (55 percent).
With regard to the countries where people believe immigration has generally had a positive impact, Indians (43 percent) were the most optimistic, followed by Canada (39 percent), Saudi Arabia (38 percent), Sweden (37 percent), Australia (31 percent, Brazil (30 percent) and Indonesia (30 percent).
Globally, it would appear that education makes a big difference in terms of how citizens view the impact of migrants on their country. People with a higher level of education are significantly more likely to say that immigration has generally had a positive impact on their country (29 percent) than those less educated (16 percent).
The survey noted that people across the globe are not particularly laudatory when it comes to the perceived economic impact of immigrants on their own country: only 28 percent agree that immigration is good for their economy compared with 39 percent that disagree and 29 per cent who express neutrality on the issue.
The survey was conducted among 17,601 adults in 23 countries in June.