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Survey: Most Europeans want less migration

  • Published at 08:50 pm December 25th, 2018
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A handout picture taken in the search and rescue zone in the Mediterranean sea on June 9, 2018 and released on June 11, 2018 by SOS Mediterranee NGO shows migrants being rescued before boarding the French NGO's ship Aquarius AFP

51% of those surveyed from 10 EU countries — Greece, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain — said fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their country, compared to a worldwide average of 45%, Pew Research Center found

More than half of Europeans want fewer immigrants to move to their country, according to a new survey published on Monday, Politico reported.

51% of those surveyed from 10 EU countries — Greece, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain — said fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their country, compared to a worldwide average of 45%, Pew Research Center found.

35% of European respondents said they wanted about the same number of immigrants to come to their countries, while 10% said their countries should allow more immigrants.

Large majorities in Greece (82%), Hungary (72%), Italy (71%) and Germany (58%) said fewer immigrants or no immigrants at all should be allowed to move to their countries. The number of people who supported less migration was less than half in France (41%), the Netherlands (39%), the UK (37%) and Spain (30%).

According to the study, many respondents also worry about people moving away to work in another country. Among the European countries surveyed, Greece and Spain — two countries that have seen significant numbers of people move abroad since the 2008 financial crisis — had the highest shares of people who said this was a very big or moderately big problem, at 89% and 88% respectively. Dutch (19%) and Swedish (18%) respondents worried the least about this.

The survey was published on the same day that more than 150 countries ratified an international UN migration pact that had triggered infighting in ruling parties and governments across Europe.


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