What Yorkshire folk think about refugee issues

What Yorkshire folk think about refugee issues

News item 06 April 2021:

In December 2020, ICM Unlimited interviewed a representative sample of 2,002 adults aged 18+ who live in Yorkshire and Humber via an online survey. The results have been weighted and are representative of all adults aged 18+ living in the region. We've grouped together answers, for example those that were generally positive or generally negative, in order to provide an overview of the results. 

You can view the results:


Questions and answers

Q1: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? When the Brexit transition period has ended, the UK should continue to offer protection to people seeking sanctuary as refugees.

Agree 49%
Neither agree nor disagree 21%
Disagree 25%
Don't know 4%

 

 


Q2: There has been a lot of media coverage of people crossing the English Channel to seek asylum in the UK. What do you think is the most appropriate way for the UK government to prevent people taking this journey?

Border security measures 50%
Alternative safe, legal routes 40%
Neither of these 4%
Don’t know 7%

 

Q3: How sympathetic, if at all, does this story makes you feel towards the asylum seeker described? Please use a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is not sympathetic at all and 10 is very sympathetic. ‘Asylum seeker prepares for second Christmas in Britannia hotel' [Source: Metro newspaper, 17 November 2020]. An asylum seeker is preparing to spend his second Christmas in a Britannia hotel without being able to legally work in the UK. The Syrian man is one of at least 250 people living a transitory existence in Coventry as they wait for their cases to be decided by the Home Office. The hotel is accommodating men, women and children who have come from places also including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Kurdistan and Pakistan.

Sympathetic 47%
Unsympathetic 37%
Neutral 16%

 

Q4: Currently lone child refugees are allowed to reunite with family living in the UK. At the moment it's not clear whether there will be similar arrangements after the end of the Brexit transition period. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? 'Lone child refugees whose journey has taken them to Europe should be allowed to join family in the UK.'

Agree 60%
Neither agree nor disagree 19%
Disagree 15%
Don't know 5%

 

Q5: Currently someone waiting to find out whether they are allowed to settle in the UK as a refugee is not usually able to access English language learning. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? 'It would be better for both people seeking asylum and for wider society if asylum seekers were able to access free English language learning while they are waiting for a decision on their application to remain in the UK as a refugee.'

Agree 62%
Neither agree nor disagree 17%
Disagree 17%
Don't know 4%

 

Q6: People seeking asylum in the UK are not normally allowed to work while waiting for a decision on their asylum claim. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? 'It would be better for both people seeking asylum and for wider society if asylum seekers were permitted to work while they are waiting for a decision on their application to remain in the UK as a refugee.'

Agree 45%
Neither agree nor disagree 21%
Disagree 29%
Don't know 6%

 

Q7: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? 'Refugees and people seeking asylum have useful skills and experience to contribute to the UK workforce.'

Agree 51%
Neither agree nor disagree 26%
Disagree 17%
Don't know 6%

 

Q8: In your opinion, how welcoming, if at all, do you think Yorkshire and Humber is to refugees and people seeking asylum?

Welcoming 46%
Unwelcoming 33%
Don't know 21%

 

Q9: Thinking about an activity or group that you know about in your local community, for example a sports club, a toddler group, or a place of worship, how welcoming do you think it would be to a refugee or asylum seeker wanting to get involved?

Welcoming 48%
Unwelcoming 23%
Don't know 29%

 

 

The Yorkshire Post featured the poll results in an article on 21 March 2021: 'People in Yorkshire and the Humber are more likely than not to support offering sanctuary to asylum seekers, Migration Yorkshire poll reveals.'
 



Background information

Migration Yorkshire commissioned this poll as part of Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber [RIYH], a project supporting new refugees to settle into their community, and helping employers, public services and communities to work together with refugees. RIYH aims to create a more integrated Yorkshire and Humber and to benefit communities beyond the lifetime of the project. The opinion poll is intended to complement recent qualitative research.

See also

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