The UK–as it is too well known–is not a part of the European Union (EU), post-Brexit. Post the development, London has allegedly become more anti-migrant and has stifled the entry of migrants, through different new visa policies and changes.
Still, surprisingly, the available data and the observations made by some of the concerned people seem to suggest that the UK has a more positive view on the subject of immigration.
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Michael Gove, the in-office British Environment Secretary, has, reportedly, ignited a heated debate when he went on to proclaim that the country has the most generous approach on the subject of migration among all the nations of Europe and that followed the Brexit vote.
His insinuation that the Brexit vote was a force for a more positive view of immigration in the nation has, reportedly, been dynamically challenged by some people.
Interestingly, a study, reportedly, reveals that the media coverage of immigration increased by 200% in the drive, and was “overwhelmingly negative”.
Still, Gove is not wrong or off the mark to state that people in the country presently have a more positive view on the subject of immigration, as shown by new polling done by a well-known organization.
Gove employed a survey from the end of 2017, which, allegedly, does certainly reveal that out of the 10 nations of Europe covered, the UK is most likely to think immigration has had a rather positive impact on the nation.
A comparatively more recent European Commission study across each of the 28 nations of the EU, reportedly, reveals that, while the UK is not at the top, it occupies a very good spot, at the third place, even as it is expected to state that immigration is a very good break instead of an issue, next only to Sweden and Ireland.
And this, allegedly, is a shift that can’t be elucidated just by the load of the not-too-positive media coverage of immigration dying down post the referendum.
As per the available data, while positive attitudes have increased by 100% in Britain since 2011, they’ve flatlined at a low level in the majority of other nations or headed south in the case of Sweden.
The new survey brought out by Ipsos MORI, reportedly reveals that this trend continues to be rather steady. The change from a negative balance of opinion to a positive one began prior to the 2016 referendum on the membership of the EU, in the middle of 2015. However, it did gain speed after.
Reassurance & Regret
Two broad elucidations exist as to why this is taking place–that “reassurance” or “regret” is propelling and igniting the change.
The first is the concept that people believe they can now state that immigration has positive facets, since figures are coming down, or they believe that the numbers will be comparatively lower in the future, thanks to Brexit.
Regret, conversely, may be propelled by the recognition of what the nation is losing from the lower movement of people from outside: as figures drop and warnings of skills scarcities and economic impacts head north, the degree to which the nation gains from immigration, allegedly, becomes clearer and stark.
Obviously, these are oversimplifications – there are other elucidations and these are not mutually exclusive opinions. Still, in one of the latest studies, and an effort was, reportedly, made to evaluate the balance between the said two elucidations for the first time, by just probing the respondents as to why they are more optimistic.
And as per the result, there is an almost picture-perfect balance between the two given explanations: roughly 4 people out of 10 say that they know well what useful contribution the immigrants make and the same proportion state they’re relieved that the figures are heading south or will decrease.
Much like other immigration stands, there is no one unambiguous answer or opinion, and so no unambiguous indication for the future strategy and political direction. The very real trends of better positivity essentially give the administration little hint as to if they should go easy on their widely reported drive to check the figures or continue with their aggressive environment immigration strategy that has invited such a high degree of criticism lately.
Immigration is well recognized as a dividing issue and a key issue in a referendum vote that split the nation down the middle.