Many Hucknall people are anti-immigration, new survey reveals

The survey found that 43 per cent of people in the Parliamentary constituency of Sherwood, which includes Hucknall, were against immigrants being allowed to be free to move to Britain and work. (PHOTO BY: Oli Scarff/Getty Images).
The survey found that 43 per cent of people in the Parliamentary constituency of Sherwood, which includes Hucknall, were against immigrants being allowed to be free to move to Britain and work. (PHOTO BY: Oli Scarff/Getty Images).

Hucknall is home to some of the most anti-immigration people in Britain, according to new research.

A survey of 21,000 people across the country was carried out to determine the social attitudes of Parliamentary constituencies.

Participants were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement that immigrants should be free to move to Britain and work.

In the Sherwood constituency that contains Hucknall, a total of 43 per cent disagreed with freedom of movement, compared to 30 per cent who were supportive, with the rest undecided.

All 632 constituencies (excluding those in Northern Ireland) were ranked based on how many agreed versus disagreed, with the top ranking being most in favour of immigration.

The results placed Sherwood as high as 552nd out of the 632 constituencies polled. Across Britain as a whole, 35 per cent of people were pro-immigration, 38 per cent were against and 27 per cent were not inclined either way.

The survey was carried out by news publisher Unherd, who warned that views on migration were “reshaping the British electorate”, overshadowing the old economic divide between left-wing and right-wing.

The biggest pro-immigration sentiment could be found in Battersea, London, where 63 per cent backed the right to work in Britain and only 18 per cent did not.

The area most hostile to immigrants was Clacton, Essex, where 47 per cent of residents were against free movement

Eric Kaufmann, Unherd commentator and professor of politics at London’s Birkbeck University, said the key factors influencing an area’s collective attitude towards immigration were age, education and existing ethnic diversity.

More educated populations tended to be more welcoming of migrants, while the proportion of people with a university degree closely correlated with their outloook.

Prof Kaufmann said: “Immigration attitudes are the fulcrum around which the politics of western societies are realigning.

“Those whose psychological make-up sees difference as disorder and change as loss are voting for parties that promise to slow immigration.”