POLL: Unemployed and Low-Paid Most Opposed to Immigration

Chris Menahan
Feb. 27, 2017

A new poll out of Ireland shows unemployed and low-paid workers are the most opposed to immigration, while the rich and affluent view immigration as a positive.

From Independent.ie:
The unemployed and people in low-paying jobs are most resistant to immigrants coming to Ireland as the country's attitude to immigration becomes divisive, according to a new Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown poll.

More than half (53pc) of Ireland's unemployed or low-skilled workers are concerned that immigrants are more likely to claim social welfare payments.

The poll shows those from more affluent backgrounds view immigration as a good thing, with 61pc of professional classes believing a mix of races, ethnic groups and nationalities helps make Ireland a better place to live.

Less than half (46pc) of those in unskilled jobs or in receipt of social welfare are as positive about a more cosmopolitan society.
The divide is between those who actually have to watch their communities overrun with immigrants and those who live in gated communities far above the "riffraff."

It's also between those who work unskilled labor jobs and want a decent wage and those who want to import unskilled labor so they can hire them for pennies.
...It comes as the Government has committed to relocating 4,000 refugees to Ireland before the end of this year.

A poll of 960 adults shows people fear increased immigration from the Middle East and Africa may lead to a terror attack in Ireland, similar to those in Nice, Berlin and Paris in recent times.

When asked if they are concerned at the possibility of terrorists exploiting Ireland's migrant programme, 62pc said yes. One-quarter (26pc) said they were not worried.

Dr Ali Selim, a senior member of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, said people had no need to be concerned and huge efforts were being made to make Ireland a more inclusive place for Muslims living here.
Indeed, everything is working out great in Germany and France.

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