07 Dec '11, 4am

Think we are crowded with migrants? Citizens over-estimate the numbers as much as 3-fold: Report

PARIS - Perceptions of the impact of migration in some countries are so distorted that their citizens estimate that there are as many as three times the number of immigrants living there than is actually the case, a global migration body said in a report released yesterday. The International Organisation for Migration said in its World Migration Report for 2011 that the actual percentage of migrants in Italy last year was around 7 per cent, "yet polls showed that the population perceived this percentage to be around a staggering 25 per cent".Accurately informing the public about migration might be "the single most important policy tool in all societies faced with increasing diversity", said Mr William Lacy Swing, director general of the organisation, a 132-member inter-governmental body based in Geneva. This, he added, is particularly important in times of economic stress,...

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