VIDEO – While the word "refugee" may conjure up images such as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from the Syrian Civil War, a poll conducted as part of Refugee Week 2013 aims to show some of the positive results of forced migration, and it is Jewish neurologist Sigmund Freud
who tops the survey as the refugee who has made the most significant contribution to British life.
The founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality, came top of the nationwide poll with 50% of votes.
Freud fled to the United Kingdom to escape Nazi persecution and is regarded as one of the most influential minds of the 20th century.
In another Refugee Week initiative, Britain’s long standing affection for fish and chips is being highlighted as a positive result of immigration with the dish having arrived with Jewish settlers from Portugal and fish and chip shops still outnumbering McDonald's in the UK by a ratio of 12 to 1.
Jewish refugees’ contribution to fashion was also recognized in the poll, with Michael Marks receiving 17% of the vote for his achievement of co-founding high street department store Marks & Spencer.