The aim of this project was to investigate public sentiments in Wales towards immigrants and immigration. The monitoring of what people think about immigration has come to feature regularly within numerous national and cross-national surveys and opinion polls. But there has been little or no attempt to consider the nature of these sentiments at the devolved or sub-state level in which there are a distinct set of national identities; and in which the devolved national governments are adopting progressive political agendas.
In order to address these sentiments in Wales, the project presented a secondary analysis of the European Social Survey and Citizenship Survey. Using a number of questions asked in successive waves in these surveys, we examined whether and how sentiments towards immigration were different in Wales; how these sentiments related to different national identifications; as well as how sentiments in Wales compared to the other nations and regions of the United Kingdom.
This is a final report for the Welsh Government New Ideas Social Research Fund project entitled ‘Public Sentiments Towards Immigration: The Difference Wales Makes?‘