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Table 5 Comparison of attitudes towards immigrants in several participating countries, age 25 to 64

From: Transnational social mobility of minorities: a comparative analysis of 14 immigrant minority groups

Statement France Germany The UK The USA
Immigrants increase crime rates 42% 60% 38% 25%
Immigrants are generally good for country’s economy 30% 24% 22% 46%
Immigrants take jobs away from people who were born in country 27% 43% 44% 43%
Immigrants improve country’s society by bringing in new ideas and cultures 35% 49% 33% 58%
Government spends too much money assisting immigrants 51% 66% 66% 52%
Number of immigrants to country nowadays should be reduced 59% 66% 73% 51%
  1. Source: International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), National Identity 2, 2003