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Poll Reveals European Immigration Fears

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Attitudes towards immigration are fueling the rise of populist parties in much of the western world.

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    • The YouGov/Handelsblatt Global poll asked people in seven European countries and in the United States on a scale of 0 to 10 to rate whether immigration makes a positive or negative contribution to their country.
    • The average answers in the survey ranged from 5 in Britain and the United States to 7 in France. Germany and the Scandinavian countries polled – Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland – fell in the middle at 6.
    • The survey also found 54 percent of Brits and 50 percent of French believe it’s a “bad thing” to have open borders between the member states, while 47 percent of Germans supported open E.U. borders.
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More than a million migrants have entered the E.U. over the past 18 months. Source: DPA

Immigration has been the hot-button issue on campaign trails across the western world over the past year, feeding a surge in support for populist parties and politicians such as UKIP in Britain, Front National in France and Donald Trump in the United States.

So perhaps it’s not surprising to find that immigrants have a bad reputation in several countries in continental Europe. Most people in France, Germany and Scandinavia believe that immigration makes a negative contribution to their country, according to a new quarterly survey by the online polling firm YouGov conducted for Handelsblatt Global.

Asked on a scale of 0 to 10 to rate whether immigration makes a positive or negative contribution to their country, the average answers in the survey ranged from 5 in Britain and the United States to 7 in France. Germany and the Scandinavian countries polled – Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland – fell in the middle at 6.

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