ComRes/BBC survey: Attitudes towards refugees harden in GB

People living in Scotland and the south of England are most supportive of Britain accepting more refugees from Syria and Libya. They’re also the regions with least opposition.

Those are the results of a ComRes survey across Scotland, England and Wales commissioned by BBC Local Radio and carried out at the end of January.

The survey suggests that attitudes towards refugees from Syria and Libya have hardened. 41% would prefer that fewer refugees from countries such as Syria and Libya were allowed to come and live in Britain, up from 31% in September 2015. (The number wanting more refugees to be allowed into Britain sharply dropped from over the six months from 40% to 24%.)

Opinion varies by age as well as geographic region.

Younger Britons, aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 34, were “significantly more likely” than those aged 65 and over to say Britain should take more refugees, the poll suggested. About one third of younger people believed this compared with 14% of over-65s.

Despite the increase in opposition to further refugees, a majority of those surveyed in all but one region were in support of “refugees from Syria and Libya being placed in your local area”.

Again the strongest support was in the south of England and Scotland. The ‘North East’ was the only region where more people opposed than supported the local placement of refugees.

The ComRes survey measured perceptions across those surveyed in England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Three in five adults (61%) said accepting refugees from countries such as Syria and Libya puts Britain’s security at risk.
  • More than half (56%) thought that Britain’s economy cannot afford to accept any more refugees.

More details can be found on the BBC News website.