MORE than 50 per cent of people in Almeria believe immigration to be a bad thing, according to a recent study.
The 2011 ‘Opinions and Attitudes of the Andalucian Population Regarding Immigration’ study by the Junta de Andalucia Employment Council, shows that for the first time since it was first carried out in 2005, the view of most people in Andalucia regarding immigration is “negative”.
This is mainly because most people link the current economic situation, which some claim to believe is “here to stay”, with immigration and its effect on the labour market.
In 2008, Almeria was the Andalucian province with the most positive view regarding immigrants, but the data for 2010 shows that it is now the province with the third most negative vision, only behind Cadiz and Huelva (out of a total of eight provinces).
The study shows that immigration is one of the three subjects which most worry Almeria residents, and almost 56 per cent of the population has “little or no trust in the foreign population”.