Sheffielders over-estimate number of asylum seekers in city

In a recent survey by Opinium on behalf of BBC, has found that more than 7 in 10 people guessed the figure of asylum seekers in the city was higher than it actually is. This poll was carried out to mark 10 years since Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary.


The survey showed 71 per cent of respondents over-estimated how many asylum seekers are currently being housed in Sheffield, with the correct figure being 846. It also revealed almost half (46 per cent) of people support Sheffield being a City of Sanctuary but a third (35 per cent) are undecided.


A third (33 per cent) of people said they would feel comfortable if an asylum seeker or refugee moved onto their street, but 31 per cent said they would feel uncomfortable and 34 per cent were indifferent. The City of Sanctuary movement was set up to ensure those seeking refuge are given a warm welcome and helped to settle into their new neighbourhoods. In 2007, Sheffield became the first city to be awarded the title, which is now held by more than 80 places across the UK and Ireland.


Read more about the research here.