Jewish migrants preferred to Muslims in Europe, British study finds

(JTA) – The prospect of Jewish immigration raised the least amount of opposition among respondents to a British survey about attitudes to immigration.

A study conducted by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College in Oxford found that 7 per cent of British people would allow no Jewish migrants into the United Kingdom, while 17 per cent would allow no Muslims, The Jewish Chronicle reported Monday.

Thirty per cent said they would not welcome Roma immigrants.

Researchers used data from the most recent European Social Survey, published in 2015. The survey of more than 1,500 adults from at least 30 countries is conducted every two years; the most recent survey contained questions on immigration, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

In the survey, opposition to immigration – and by Jews in particular – was the lowest in Britain among the countries. Ten per cent of respondents said they would bar Jews from immigrating, while 25 per cent would bar Muslims.

Lindsay Richards, co-author of the report, said Britons felt most welcoming to Jews given their longstanding presence in the country, as well as their historical persecution, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

She added that the local population was more receptive to professional people arriving in the country than unskilled laborers, who they regarded as a threat to jobs, housing and public services.

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