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51% 'say immigration adversely impacts unemployment'

More than half of Brits feel immigrants from Eastern Europe have adversely impacted levels of unemployment in the UK.

A ComRes survey carried out for ITV News found:

  • 51% felt they had negatively impacted unemployment levels
  • Just 11% said Eastern European immigrants had a positive impact
  • 25% thought they had a neutral or no impact
  • 13% did not know

The welfare state is the area those questioned believe is most likely to have been negatively impacted (57%).

The UK economy (22%) and the skill level of the labour force (22%) are deemed to be the areas most positively affected by Eastern European immigration.

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