Canadians more positive towards immigration than US, Europe-Survey

The poll undertaken by Transatlantic Trends, a Washington-based think-tank, maintains that Canada is the most welcoming nation to the immigrants.

Around two-thirds of people in Canada are of the view that immigrants are successfully integrating into their society.

However, the percentage of Canadians having the same view about increasing Muslims in Canada is merely 45 percent, the survey reveals. Number of Canadians viewing immigration as a problem and not as an opportunity is just 27 percent while, in Europe and other nations, the percentage of people considering immigration as a big problem is certainly quite high.

Author of the 2010 Immigration Public Opinion Survey, Delancey Gustin said that Canadians are quite positive about immigration and they seem to be less bothered by issues of immigrants taking away their jobs leading to lower wages.

This positive attitude of Canadians towards newcomers in Canada revealed in the recent survey released Thursday reiterates that Canadians value and recognize the advantages of immigration, said Myer Siemiatycki, a professor at Ryerson University and an immigration expert.

Talking of the UK, the survey shows that around 23 percent of Britons regard immigration as the biggest problem faced by the nation. And the number of people having same view about immigration in the US and EU is nearly 10 percent.

Around 59 percent of Britons feel that their nation has a large number of immigrants and were of the opinion that immigrants snatch away jobs from native-UK workers. They considered immigrants as a huge burden on the nation and around 25 percent of the survey respondents from the UK stated that legal immigrants should not be provided access to either state schools or the NHS.

Nearly 70 percent of Britons feel that the government has been unsuccessful in tackling immigration. Commissioned by the GMF (German Marshall Fund), the survey involved Canada, the UK, the US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

President of the GMF Craig Kennedy regarded the poll findings as a wake-up call for the governments of the participating nations in the survey.