Wednesday 26 July 2017

Ireland's Thirtysomethings: We are not racist, but we fear for jobs

While almost half of all people in our poll have an issue with immigration, naked racism has little to do with it, writes Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

ARE YOU a racist? No, I didn't think so. Me neither. And that would seem to go for the majority of us.

Surprised? Particularly after recent events and media interpretations which would seem to suggest the opposite? Well, maybe we shouldn't be. Where foreign nationals are concerned, our attitudes may appear to be contrary – contradictory, even – but scratch the surface and we see a much more nuanced and complex view toward immigration than we previously suspected.

Our poll reveals that less than half (47 per cent) of all 20-49-year-olds surveyed believe that there are far too many immigrants coming into Ireland. Indeed, nearly 60 per cent of 30-39-year-olds disagree with the notion that the number of immigrants in the country is too high. Not surprisingly, this group had the highest percentage of foreign nationals as friends and workmates (64 per cent).

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