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Immigration in Wales - programme poll results published

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Image caption The government has not said how many Romanians and Bulgarians it expects to move to the UK

An investigation has shown a third of people asked by BBC Wales think immigration has had a negative effect on jobs and the NHS in Wales.

A survey of 1,000 people revealed more people believe immigration has had more of a negative impact than positive.

Just under a half said it has made no difference, the Week In Week Out programme said.

A quarter of people also thought immigration has had a negative impact on education.

According to Welsh government research, there are now more than 30,000 children in Wales who speak English as an additional language.

The government has spent £10m a year to help fund the extra staff needed.

As immigration is expected to be a major talking point in the run-up to the general election, the programme has been to Merthyr Tydfil because the town has seen the most rapid growth in the immigration population in Wales.

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Media captionTeacher Agnieszta Sadcsuk said her role was to teach pupils the tools they need to survive in the classroom
  • Week In Week Out: The Truth About Immigration in Wales, BBC One Wales on Tuesday 24 February at 22:35 GMT.

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