What makes British truly British?

by Annalisa Lista - 2014.06.17
What makes British truly British?
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What makes British truly British? First of all, the ability to speak English. This is the most important factor for 95% of respondents to a survey carried out by NatCen. That reveals other data too. For example, to be considered a true British, 77% think you must have lived in Britain for most of your life, while 51% think you should have British ancestry to feel part of the country. What do they think, instead, of those who have recently arrived and claim benefits and citizenship? 61% of interviewed British think that immigrants should have to wait three years or more before they are allowed to claim welfare benefits. As for this question, 24% think that immigrants come to Great Britain just for this reason, that is to claim benefits, a proportion higher than those who think they arrive to study, to join the family or seek asylum. Again, 43% are sure immigration has increased the crime rate. What stresses a lot of anxiety about the question of immigration.

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