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Immigration barred the Brexit vote. Then the attitudes changed.

Karla Adam London Correspondent Covering The United Kingdom November 16 at 17:05 LONDON – In addition to an explicit desire…

LONDON – In addition to an explicit desire to “take back the control” of their money and their laws, deep concern about immigration run the Brexit vote 2016 – the historic gutsy or spectacular ruthless decision, choose, through Britain, to break away from the European Union.

But in the two years since the referendum, something strange happened: the British stopped worrying about foreigners.

Pollsters have revealed a mixture of attitudes about immigration, expressed by both those who voted to leave the European block and those who voted remained.

“I’ve been studying this for several years and there has never been a drag so big in such a short time,” said Rob Ford, a political professor at the University of Manchester.

The shift illustrates how mercurial emissions of immigration can be – a red button problem a year, a yawn next. And it can suggest something about what the public will support, as Prime Minister Theresa May tries to sell the recall contract she negotiated with E.U. officials and her plans for what’s next.

In exchange for complying with trade rules from Brussels, May promises the British people that she will slash the country’s immigration levels after Brexit. The 3 million Europeans living in Britain will remain, but the government will set new guidelines for how many foreigners will be allowed to enter the country in the future, with which income levels and which countries.

During a Marathon session in Parliament on Thursday, stressing that her Brexit plan would end a day when someone in the European Union could simply move to London, rent an apartment, get a job and get the National Health Care Plan.

“Free movement will end,” said May. “It’s one of the most important factors I believe in the vote in the referendum, which we have to make sure we deliver to the British people.”

May has promised to reduce total immigration, from 100,000 annually to 10,000, and to prefer the high-quality “best and brightest” high-ranking over the low-skilled, low-wage workers currently harvesting crops, cleaning the hotel rooms and cares for the sick and the elderly in Britain.

But the question weighs: May May look in the back mirror, while the public has largely gone on?

In the days before Brexit voted – against a migration transition to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, and while the flourishing British economy attracted a great wave of workers from Eastern Europe, poll YouGov found that 56 percent of the population is called immigration and asylum “as the main problem facing the country. Last month, the figure was 27 percent.

Another major polling company, Ipsos-MORI, reported a similar decrease of respondents citing immigration as “the main problem facing Britain today” – from 48 percent in June 2016 to 17 percent in October 2018.

It’s an extraordinary dumping, says polling experts – and it is mirrored by parallel surveys and focus group studies made for academics, advocacy groups and the European Union.

“It’s really pretty striking,” said Lindsay Richards, a sociologist at Oxford University, who has written about the subject of the Migration Observatory, an independent research group.

Manchester University Ford said when people who listed immigration as an important issue before the Brexit vote, it tends to mirror immigrant feelings, not worry about how asylum seekers pour in Europe were treated.

“I have data sets where you can literally see what is said. In all hats, you write too many immigrants or to many Europeans, or why can not they stop the IMMIGRANTS? Over and over again, Ford says. is no mystery what side they are at. “

Britain still has high immigration levels today, but migration to Europe from North Africa has dropped to pre-surge levels. Net migration from the EU to Britain peaked at about 189,000 the year before Brexit voted. The latest figures show that it is about 87,000, which means that it is more than halved in two years.

Polls is still widely supported to reduce the total number of newcomers. Investigations also find respondents divided on whether immigration and multiculturalism – is good or bad for “British culture.”

But since Brexit vote, fewer people say there are too many immigrants in Storbri The British have also become more positive about the ideas that “immigration is good for the economy” and that Britain should “allow more EU workers.” “

” All surveys indicate that it’s soft – people are less negative, basically on every action you ask, “says Anthony Wells, YouGov’s Director for Political and Social Opinion polling.

Richards said that It is especially important that the views of both ‘remaining’ and ‘lost’ people have a chance to escape immigration – even though the pages remain bitterly distributed over Brexit.

Although there is an agreement to confess attitudes to immigration have been changed, no one has left

Opinion analysts say that today’s concern about Brexit (now the biggest concern, along with Health Care in opinion polls) may have replaced – or absorbed – concerns about immigration.

Others point to a change in news and social media landscape, with far fewer frameworks showing immigrants as job-stealing scammers.

During his campaign, Brexi urged teers voters to “take back the control”, a pow captivating phrase, encapsulating the ideas of reclaiming lost authority over immigration and sovereignty, one of the other drivers in the Brexit poll.

There were also more open appeals to push against immigrant feelings, targeted ads on Facebook and mass media campaigns.

Vote leaves, the official group campaign for Brexit, falsely asserted that Turkey would join the EU, and that gun-toting Turkish mobsters would be their new neighbors.

Nigel Farage, who led the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party, presented a poster with Syrian and other asylum seekers marching through Eastern European countries next to the slogan “Breaking Point.”

During the months before the Brexit poll, the British tabloid newspapers broke stories on their pages titled “Migrant Workers Floating Britain” and “Workers Fired for Being British”.

According to e-researchers, over a six-year period from 2010, Daily Express conducted 179-page migration stories, and Daily Mail, 122 times.

George Osborne, the former chancellor who fought for Britain to stay in the EU recently told the BBC that his conservative party still does not have enough campaign to promote the benefits of European immigration.

But fast forward for two years and public space is no longer dominated by Britain’s fear of being overwhelmed by immigrants, but worried about how Brexit can divert life and hurt the economy, especially if Britain is crashing out in Europe in a matter of fact “judgment time” scenario.

The biggest immigration report since the Brexit vote did not make it “I have nothing to do with EU workers or immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. It was about the” Windrush generation “, legally legally legitimate from the Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean to help to build Britain after World War II, only to find its legal status questioned by the British authorities decades later.

When the Brexit news contains EU immigrants, the stories typically highlight how Britain can lose European citizens contributing to the economy by working as carriers, barists and nurses at the National Health Service.

“People realize there are balances,” says Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and public policy at King’s College London. “There is a greater realism in media coverage and the public debate. “

Rosie Carter, Senior Vice President arguing with the Hope Not Hate group, said when her organization offered an anonymous anonymous survey, where self-selected, non-randomized respondents could choose a number from 1 to 10 (very negative to very positive) to describe their feelings about immigration, the majority choose either 1s or 10s – which means they went to the extremes, which is what many experience through social media. 19659039] However, when the group employed professional opinion polls to investigate a representative selection, they found that most of the British are “balancers” who see dueling “pressure and profits” of immigration.

YouGov’s Wells wondering how much the transition in the opinion is immigration has to do with how the strain of Brexit “disappearers” and “remaining” want to think about themselves.

The approximately half of voters who identify as remaining people can defend their position on Brexit by associating even stronger with an immigrant stance, Wells said. The disappearances, on the other hand, are hostile to the proposal that they voted to leave the European block because of immigrants, which have become known as a bigoted or even racist position.

“My assumption is that it is linked to Brexit and connected. Those who oppose Brexit say smarter attitudes towards immigration should strengthen their call for a second referendum and claim that if citizens have changed their thinking about a core issue, why not set it up a “voting vote” before you abolish the Brexit Maize Agreement.

But a second subscriber is opposed by the prime minister who said it would be antidemocratic. A transition is only taken half-heartedly by the opposition Labor Party, whose leaders worry about losing the followers of the working class who want Brexit.

While people are less negative about immigration than two years ago, the majority still want to see the numbers come down, “said Kully Kaur-Ballagan, Research Director at the Ipsos MORI poll.”

” It does not happen, “she said,” it could regain a problem. “

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