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Jewish migrants preferred to Muslims, study reveals

    Jews are the most preferred immigrant population in the UK, according to research comparing the country’s attitude to migrants.

    A study conducted by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford, found that seven per cent of British people would allow no Jewish migrants into the UK, while 17 per cent would allow no Muslims.

    Thirty per cent said they would not welcome Roma or gypsy immigrants.

    Researchers used data from the most recent round of the European Social Survey, which was published in 2015. The extensive cross-national survey, which draws a sample of over 1,500 adults from more than 30 countries in total and is conducted every two years, contained a detailed section of questions exploring public opinion on immigration.

    Figures found that Britain was more receptive to immigrants – and Jews in particular – than other European countries. Out of 20 other European states, 10 per cent of those asked said they would bar Jews from immigrating, while a quarter would prohibit Muslims.

    Lindsay Richards, co-author of the report, said that Britons felt most welcoming to Jews given their longstanding presence in the country, as well as their historical persecution.

    She added that people were more receptive to professional people arriving in the country than unskilled labourers, who they regarded as a threat to jobs, housing and public services.

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