Voters from every ethnic group in Britain want lower levels of immigration, a new study has revealed. The analysis by Migration Watch found that 79 percent of all respondents wanted immigration levels reduced, with 60 percent of Asian voters wanting a reduction.
The feeling is echoed by black voters, 57 percent of whom also want to reduce immigration. Thirty-two percent of black respondents want a large cut, while 38 percent of Asian voters also it reduced by a large amount.
Meanwhile, support for increased immigration is at rock bottom, with just nine percent of black voters, 10 percent of Asian voters and 11 percent of voters of mixed ethnic origin wanting more immigration.
This means that plans to curb immigration are unlikely to deter ethnic minority voters from backing a political party.
The report was commissioned as a response to ‘liberal conservative’ lobby group Bright Blue, who said the Conservative Party’s anti-immigration policies were putting off ethnic minority voters.
It also includes a section on the group’s links and funding, saying the report in which Bright Blue made the call for the Conservative Party to drop its anti-immigration rhetoric was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which it describes as:
“…a well-known grant making organisation that has supported the many organisations that support present levels of net migration, including British Future, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Migrants Rights’ Network, and the Migration Observatory.”
It also says that Bright Blue’s petition calling on the government to remove students from net migration targets is backed by many organisations that are “likely to benefit financially from increasing numbers of overseas students.”
The report concludes: “Bright Blue therefore seems to be the product of a partnership between the financial interests of big business and the ideological approach of the Left.”
Migration Watch vice-chairman Alp Mehmet said: “The report confirms that the concerns of ethnic minority voters are very similar to everyone else and why wouldn’t they be?
“The way to appeal to ethnic minority communities is to propose reasonable policies and reducing net migration to the level last seen in the early 1990s is entirely reasonable.”