According to a new survey released by TNS Opinion for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the French view immigration as far more favorable than Americans, Brits, Germans, Italians, the Dutch and Poles.

Unlike the British, for instance, the French consider immigration as an opportunity and not as a problem. Unlike Italians, they typically reject common linkages between immigration and criminality. The French believe security at the borders should be tightened to impede illegal immigration, but also call for more developmental aid for immigrants. The study was undertaken between 29 August 29 and September 29, 2008 with a sample of 1000 people in each of these 7 countries.

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