As the election draws nearer, Britain’s borders remain a hotly contested issue. Now, a new survey from the National Centre for Social Research shows how sceptical Britons have become of the benefits of immigration. It found that as recently as 2022, 51% of respondents believed that immigration had a positive impact on the economy. But now this figure now stands at 39%.

Still, it is worth noting that the UK is far more pro-immigration than it was a decade ago: in 2013, just 22% of BSA respondents answered that migration had boosted the economy. Will the downward trend of the last couple of years continue?