About half the total population of Australia is of the opinion that immigration should be reduced; nevertheless, positivity is shown towards the largest migrants groups by the majority of the population, a new global survey revealed.
According to the survey, 29% of Australian respondents said the benefits of immigration in their local areas are submerged by its costs. The same percentage – 29%, believed that none outweighs the other while 23% believed the benefits outweighed the costs.
The global survey between February and March featured more than 25,000 respondents from 23 countries. 1006 Australian adults took part in the survey, 46% of whom favored a reduction in immigration while 23% believed it should be increased. The remaining respondents either want it to remain the same or did not know what the best immigration move is. These results have led to concerns about how anti-immigration public debates are affecting the population.
Positivity shown towards larger migrants groups
The results of the survey revealed 70% of the respondents were positive towards the immigration of highly-skilled professionals who have a job offer. This path is responsible for about 112,000 migrant annual entry into Australia. They also showed positivity towards refugees with 40% supporting refugee programs, and 32% were neither for nor against.
56% of the Australian poll believed it is bad for unskilled workers to come to the country in search of work and 75% were against people entering Australia to claim benefits.
This kind of reaction is expected from an Australian population which is dealing with high housing cost in its major cities coupled with widespread anti-immigration rhetoric taking place in the country.
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