MADRID YOUNG Spaniards are tolerant towards immigration in their own country, a policy which they believe brings benefits. At the same time, those interviewed in a survey carried out last year said that they were concerned there seemed to be too many foreigners which meant less jobs for nationals, a higher possibility of crime and a threat to safety.

These were some of the revelations which emerged from a study carried out by the National Youth Institute on Young People and Immigration. Last July, 1'436 people aged between 15 and 29 answered questions about their preconceptions on immigration in Spain and how they feel personally about a foreign population in their homeland. Nearly half said they looked “favourably” on having people of other nationalities living in Spain and nearly 70 percent said their circle of friends contained at least one non-Spanish national. The majority also claimed they had no problem in living and working alongside an immigrant population.