Skip to comments.Britain is one of the least racist countries in Europe and Brexit has not made Brits more prejudiced according to new study
Posted on 01/01/2020 8:56:16 PM PST by Its All Over Except ...
Britain is one of the least racist countries in Europe, according to a new study which has found prejudice against immigrants to be 'rare' in the UK.
High levels of tolerance is typical of wealthy, English-speaking countries and prejudice is more common in poorer nations, according to analysis of the largest international surveys of beliefs and values.
British levels of prejudice against immigrant workers and people 'of a different race' were found to be 'relatively low' as was bias against Hindus, Jews, Gipsies, and Muslims.
In Bulgaria and Latvia, around 20 per cent would shun neighbours of a different religion. Prejudice against foreign workers in Europe was found to be worst in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia.
Britain was found to be one of the least racist countries in Europe according to analysis of prejudice against foreign workers and those of a different religion (pictured: crowds on Oxford Street in central London)
Britain was found to be one of the least racist countries in Europe according to analysis of prejudice against foreign workers and those of a different religion (pictured: crowds on Oxford Street in central London) Spain, Italy, Finland, and Germany were all found to be 'a little more prejudiced' regarding religion than the UK.
Only around 10 per cent of Britons would rather not have neighbours of a different religion.
Fifteen per cent of Britons would object to having migrants as neighbours, with around 10 per cent objecting to neighbours of a different race. Both France and the USA were more tolerant of having neighbours of a different race.
The UK was found to have ordinary levels of anti-immigrant worker prejudice for its level of socioeconomic development.
Poland and Hungary were among the most tolerant of the poorer countries, showing low levels compared with nations that have a similar GDP.
The findings, published in the Frontiers in Sociology journal, did reveal that Gipsies face more prejudice than any other group.
More than 60 per cent of Slovaks would object to a Gipsy neighbor, as would over 60 per cent of Lithuanians and Italians.
Nearly 40 per cent of Britons would object to having a Gipsy neighbour, which almost double to number who would object to a Muslim neighbour.
The findings challenge prevailing attitudes on Brexit, the nature of prejudice, and the social impact of modernisation.
Study co-author Professor Mariah Evans, of the University of Nevada, Reno, in the United States, said pundits have been wrong to associate the UK's vote to leave the EU with prejudice.
The UK was found to have low levels of prejudice relating to a variety of identity groups
The UK was found to have low levels of prejudice relating to a variety of identity group
'In the media turmoil surrounding Brexit, many pundits have seized on the prejudice angle, but these data demonstrate that is not actually what makes the UK different from the Continent,' she said.
'Prejudice against immigrant workers or minority ethnic and religious groups is rare in the UK, perhaps even slightly rarer than in equivalently developed EU countries.
'Even though only a small minority is prejudiced, in a large population that still makes many people - enough to show up in anti-immigrant demonstrations or to mobilise letter-writing campaigns to MPs.'
With half a million combined respondents, Prof Evans said the World and European Values Surveys provide a large, cross-sectional view of people's attitudes, beliefs and opinions in 100 countries.
The researchers analysed responses from these and the European Quality of Life surveys, to found out how ethnic and religious prejudices vary between nations at different stages of socio-economic development.
Specifically, they compared the prevalence of prejudice in the UK to that in its global culture group and other EU countries at around the same level of development.
Prof Evans said: 'We found a high level of tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity is typical of prosperous European and Anglophone nations, whereas ethnic and religious prejudice is much more common in poor countries.
'In this respect, the UK is "stock standard" given its GDP per capita: just like their wealthy EU peers, around 15 per cent of Britons would object to having immigrants as neighbours, around 10 per cent would object to neighbours of a different race, and 10 per cent would rather not have neighbours of a different religion.'
The analysis also showed that across all nations, prejudice tends to be either against all minority ethnic and religious groups or against none.
Study co-author Dr Jonathan Kelley, Director of the International Social Science Survey, said: 'We show that a single root prejudice - that all the feelings about specific groups spring from a single generalised feeling of tolerance or intolerance towards diversity in ethnicity and religion - holds across the whole globe.
'There is not a specific British or Japanese or Mexican pattern - rather prejudices are linked together in the same way everywhere.
'For example, people who would shun immigrants as neighbours would also shun neighbours of a different religion and neighbours of a different race.
'People who are good with one group as neighbours tend to be good with all. Prior researchers have suspected this, but this is the first time it has been demonstrated.'
The researchers said they recognised the limitations of a survey-based approached.
Dr Kelley said: 'Being scientists, we would always love better measurement. For example, ratings of prejudice on a five- or seven-point scale, and breakdown by region, would have provided a more accurate picture than yes/no responses at the national level.
'Also, of course, the situation is rapidly evolving, so data even a few years old may be light-years away from rapidly evolving and unstable ethnic and religious group relations.'
But they said the figures provide a much more 'rational and accurate' barometer of public opinion than do anti-immigrant demonstrations or political rhetoric.
Dr Kelley said: 'There are many ways in which Britain is known to be 'exceptional' in the European context, but prejudice against immigrants is clearly not one of them.'
Professor Evans added: 'Spillover in attitudes about different groups means that events and examples that lead people to feel more warmly towards one minority will also increase their warmth towards others.
'For example, a well-publicised act of personal heroism by a Buddhist would likely ever so slightly increase the general public's positive feelings towards Buddhists, but also towards immigrant workers, towards people of African descent, towards Muslims, and, indeed towards all minority ethnic and religious groups.
'Equally promising, the strong gradient of prejudice decreasing with national development - economic growth and institutions that support personal freedom and markets - suggests that contrary to fashionable belief, modernisation is a powerful force for good as far as tolerance for diversity is concerned.'
Revealed: 100 nations ranked from least racist to most by study
2. Trinidad & Tobago
5. New Zealand
12. Puerto Rico
21. El Salvador
23. United Kingdom
24. Burkina Faso
32. Northern Ireland
38. Bosnia Herzg
52. Dominican Republic
53. South Africa
54. Serbia and Montg
68. Czech Republic
90. South Korea
93. Saudi Arabia
Typical Daily Mail always pushing the liberal ideology saying these studies show Britain is one of the least racist countries in Europe.LOL.....Like anyone is going to admit they’re racist. LOL..
How can this be possible? We all know that the only reason to vote against what Leftists want is because of pure bigotry. The objective media told me so. So by voting for Brexit and a Conservative government, Great Britain is inherently biased. [/sarc]
A map that shows the very same thing shows predominantly white countries as being the least racist.
I’m surprised that anyone surpassed Brazil.
Prejudice in the UK is based on accent which is a dead giveaway for social class.
Again, who in any “white country” would admit to being racist?
The problem with Meghan Markle is it wouldn’t make any difference what her skin color or her parents are......she is not a likeable individual. Unfortunately ‘using the race card’ is an easy out for those who don’t understand people just don’t like her.
Pakistan and South Africa are less racist than Japan.
People loathe Sparkles because of the way she acts, talks, and refuses to follow the rules; if she didn’t now push being “a woman of colour” ( which she really is not ), nobody would know that she is a quadroon.
Oh, thank goodness you published this study of how racist various countries are. Now, I can finally sleep!
For all their claims of diversity, Britain has never had a Prime Minister of color. Instead, they end up with a muzzie Mayor of London.
Religion of my neighbors is not important to me. We live with Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Jews. None of them want to kill their neighbors or destroy our country. No evil intent, no problems.
Demographics are destiny. How they feel about it is irrelevant.
Whoever ranked these countries has obviously never been to Australia. I’ve been to parts of OZ that would make an Antebellum Democrat blush.
It's all about how you define "racism". Japan IS very racist, but they aren't murdering white farmers or chopping off heads over it. Just don't date their daughter or sit next to them in a bar.
Deflecting to the Daily Mail via a Red Herring will not undo the fact that as scientific study shows that European countries and the u.s.are less racist than non white countries.
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