AARX Press Release: Survey shows government ‘Go Home’ message is ‘unacceptable’

Think people are as anti-immigration as the government? Think again.

Action Against Racism and Xenophobia

An independent network of researchers have gathered opinions from diverse communities in Leeds, London and Birmingham – and found that the majority of those surveyed disagreed with the approach used in government campaigns against immigration. The research team also found that the public is uncertain what the government is trying to achieve through these campaigns, with almost a quarter believing that the aim was to increase intolerance.

In response to public concerns about the use of the ‘go home’ van in diverse areas of London and the allegations that immigration checks in London stations targeted non-white travellers for questioning, a group of independent researchers have taken to the streets of multicultural Britain to find out what ordinary citizens make of these tactics.

Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya from the group explained,

“These Home Office campaigns target highly diverse neighbourhoods and impact on the lives of people there. We wanted to get a…

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