'Britons don't mix with other races'
According to a poll conducted by Ipsos MORI, white people are far less likely to mix with ethnic minorities than vice- versa.india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 15:22 IST
Most Britons do not make friends with people from other ethnic backgrounds and feel ethnic minorities have to make a real commitment to the country before they could be called British, says a survey.
According to a poll conducted by Ipsos MORI, a Britain-based research company, white people are far less likely to mix with ethnic minorities than vice- versa.
Seventy percent of Britons surveyed do not have close friendships with people from different ethnic backgrounds, it revealed.
The poll, carried out to launch the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE)'s race convention, showed that immigration and race relations are the biggest concerns facing people in Britain.
"Race and immigration has moved from the margins to the mainstream and is now the number one issue," said Trevor Phillips, the chair of the CRE.
"That's why it's time for a national debate about how we translate this concern into action on the ground and into establishing ways we can all live together," he said, according to the Guardian newspaper.
The poll also showed that while one out of two people mix with those from different backgrounds at work, school or college, far fewer form meaningful relationships - meeting at least once a month at home.
Ipsos MORI is second largest research company in Britain.