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39 pc Indians want immigration level to remain same: report

Press Trust of India  |  Geneva 

About 39 per cent Indians want the immigration level in the country to remain the same or increase, while 32 per cent would like to see it decrease, according to a report.

The forthcoming report, titled 'How the World Views Migration' by the International Organisation for Migration, said that about 29 per cent had no view on immigration.

The data was taken from the World Gallup Poll conducted in more than 140 countries between 2012 and 2014.

Two questions were asked from people in survey - whether they would like to see immigration increased, decreased or remain the same and whether immigrants appropriate jobs that the locals want or take jobs that the locals do not want.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, India had a total international migrant population of 5,338,486 in 2013 which constitutes 0.4 per cent of the total population.

It ranked 12th in the top 25 countries of destination for migrants and ranked first as a sending country for emigrants.

The largest number of refugees to India, in 2012, were from China, followed by Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar.

The largest number of asylum seekers in India are from Myanmar followed by Afghanistan.

More of the world is in favour of migration than against it, according to the report.

It said 21.8 per cent want immigration levels in their country to stay at their present levels, 21.3 per cent want an increase and 34.5 per cent want to see it decrease.

In the Gulf countries, where migrants make up for more than half the population, people are more likely to be in favour of migration.

Overall, every major region in the world, including the US which is a major migrant-receiving country, is positive towards immigration.

Overwhelming majority of 52.1 per cent in Europe, where immigration debates have assumed major significance in recent years, would like to see immigration decrease.

Northern Europe with the sole exception of the UK, however, is more positive towards immigrants.

An overwhelming number of residents - 45 per cent - in France also want to see immigration decreased.

"There is a tendency that migration policies in such countries will be increasingly shaped by fears and misconceptions rather than evidence," the report said.

First Published: Sat, January 24 2015. 01:25 IST