Poll: 1-in-3 Finns want to ease immigration rules, 2-in-5 against

Some 36 percent of Finns would like to see the next government make it easier for people to immigrate to Finland, according to the results of a survey published on Monday by the farming union newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus.

However, 42 percent of respondents reported being against the idea that immigration to Finland should be made easier, while slightly more than one out of five said they were unsure of their stance on the issue.

The poll found that people of retirement age were more likely to be in favour of easing immigration laws, with one in two saying they supported such a move by the next government.

The survey question did not however specify what type of migration, for example whether it was work-based immigration or related to people seeking asylum.

The survey was carried out by pollster Kantar TNS Agri during December and 1,096 people responded to the survey. The margin of error is three percentage points in either direction.

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