Thursday, April 07, 2005

Immigration in Britain

As the election in Great Britain nears, immigration is gaining attention. In Britain,

According to polls, voters now think the influx of foreigners is a bigger issue than terrorism or the war in Iraq. And the political parties are outdoing each other with promises of immigration crackdowns.

[A London fruit seller] also fears that immigration is causing Britain to lose its national identity.

However, in a Mori poll in February, 23 percent of those surveyed listed asylum seekers and immigration as the single most important issue facing Britain, almost double the number naming the war in Iraq or terrorism. In December, a YouGov poll for the Economist showed that 74 percent of Britons think there's too much immigration.

(Hat tip to Instapundit)

Note that the issue in Britain is legal immigration. Is there a lesson in Britain's experience for the U.S.

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