A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren has found widespread misconceptions about the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England, as well as negative attitudes towards Muslims and those born overseas.

The study, believed to be the largest of its kind to be carried out in the UK, found that 60% of the children questioned believed it was true that "asylum seekers and immigrants are stealing our jobs", while 35% agreed or partly agreed that "Muslims are taking over our country".

The research was carried out by the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) and based on questionnaires sent to more than 60 schools around the country from 2012 to 2014.

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