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A new Ipsos global study shows that Brits are among the most supportive of the right of people to seek refuge from war or persecution and are less likely than average to want to close their borders to refugees. However, concerns remain with half suspicious that most refugees are not genuine.
The study, conducted to mark World Refugee Day, finds that a majority across 26 countries believes that people should have the right to seek refuge – including in their own country - from war or persecution. However, broader opinions towards refugees still include some negative attitudes, and there are some signs that they could even be hardening compared with two years ago although this is less the case in Britain. The survey, conducted online among adults aged under 74, finds that a majority on average across the 26 countries are sceptical about whether those coming into their country as refugees are genuine refugees, and people have also become less convinced about the ability of refugees to successfully integrate into their new society.