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Tuesday
Aug102010

Most Asylum Seekers Have Positive Views of the UK

There has always been a division of opinion over asylum seekers coming to the UK.  While no one would doubt the need to protect those whose lives are in danger in their own country, there has been much controversy over the idea of too many asylum seekers coming into the UK.

However their opinion of us seems to be largely positive, according to the results of a recent opinion poll.  The charity Refugee Action commissioned the poll to be taken, and the results were published in the middle of June.

Most refugees agree that people living in the UK are friendly.  On the whole they also agree that people here are polite.  While there were some negative views, as I would expect, they were perhaps a lot lower than some may have thought before.

Only a little over three hundred asylum seekers were interviewed for the purpose of the poll, so this only represents a small slice of all those who are currently in the UK.  They are either now resident in this country or seeking asylum at present.  But while the sample was a relatively small one there is no doubt that the general feeling is quite positive.

I was pleased to see this because there has definitely been some strength of feeling in some areas about the presence of so many refugees.  Some of those interviewed did point out that some British people did not live up to the many, but this was a commonality experienced no matter where they went.

Whatever your own personal opinion of asylum seekers is, remember that St Matthew is here to give help and advice on all matters of taxation and accountancy to all those living in the UK.

 



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