According to a new global survey, the United Kingdom is one of the least racist countries in the world.
King’s College London’s Policy Institute has revealed that only 2% of Britons are uneasy living next door to someone of a different race.
One of the typical techniques for researchers to gauge racism is to ask whether someone would be happy living next to someone of a different race.
At the same time, Britons are among the most accepting of LGBT people and immigrants.
The World Values Survey (WVS) analysis contrasted 24 countries to assess global standards of trust and “acceptance of the people who live alongside us.”
According to the research, the number of Britons who are uncomfortable living next door to someone of a different ethnic background has dropped from 10% in 1981 to 2% now.
Only Brazil and Sweden now have lower scores of 1%, which are basically tied within the margin of error.
Other European countries, such as Italy and Spain, scored far higher, with 12% and 13%, respectively.
While Greece is the least tolerant country on the continent, nearly a quarter – 24 percent – of respondents would not want a neighbour of a different race.
Since 1981, the United States has only decreased by five percentage points, whereas Australia has decreased by two.
Tolerance in Canada has actually increased over the last 40 years, with a current figure of 4%.
Overall acceptance of religious minorities is considerably higher, with only 1% of Britons unwilling to live next door to someone of a different faith.