Skip to Content

The fence between Hungary and Serbia. Photo supplied

Very few people want open borders survey shows

Although the mainstream media is pretending that doing away with borders is a popular notion, a new Pew Research survey has revealed that out of 27 polled, not one single country wants more immigrants.

Published: December 12, 2018, 6:44 am

    The 27 countries surveyed by Pew, are home to more than half of the world’s migrants.

    The numbers of migrants have reached new highs, but people around the world show little interest in welcoming more foreigners, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 27 nations conducted in the spring of 2018.

    In all countries surveyed, an astonishing 45 percent said fewer or no immigrants should be allowed into their country. Only 14 percent said their countries should allow more immigrants. Interestingly, people who want no more immigrants, volunteered their response. The rest believed the current numbers should stay the same.

    Even more revealing was that countries already faced with large influxes of foreigners were more prone to reject migrants. Majorities in Greece (82 percent), Hungary (72 percent), Italy (71 percent) and Germany (58 percent) felt that fewer immigrants or no immigrants at all should be allowed to move to their countries.

    Each of these countries had either been a transit route or destination during the surge in asylum seekers. Many respondents have also disapprove of how the European Union handled the migrant issue.

    In other countries around the world, people hold views similar to those in Europe. Large majorities in Israel (73 percent), Russia (67 percent), South Africa (65 percent) and Argentina (61 percent) say their countries should let in fewer immigrants.

    In fact, in every country surveyed, less than a third of citizens said that their nation should allow more immigrants.

    Worldwide, a record 258 million people were no longer living in their country of birth in 2017, up from 153 million in 1990, according to Pew.

    The meteoric rise of political parties that question national immigration policies in destination countries, has been additional proof of how unpopular the notion of open borders is.

    More than 2 million migrants have tried to obtain asylum in Europe since 2015. In the Americas, thousands of Central Americans headed to the United States. Immigrants make up the largest shares of national populations in Australia (29 percent), Israel (24 percent), Canada (22 percent) and Sweden (18 percent).

    At least 14 percent of the US population is foreign born, almost on par with Germany (15 percent), the UK (13 percent) and Spain (13 percent).

    The US tops the list of migrant destinations with 44,5 million immigrants in 2017, with the largest foreign-born population in the world, followed by Saudi Arabia (12,2 million), Germany (12,2 million) and Russia (11,7 million).

    But more Americans want fewer immigrants or none than want more. Despite a less than warm welcome awaiting migrants, the top destination remains the United States, according to new report from Gallup. It also shows that more than 750 million people worldwide would migrate if they could.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Haveaspine

      Take care of your own before take care of others.


    Le Pen’s RN abandons Frexit as AfD gets ready to embrace Dexit

    The head of the list for Marine Le Pen's party in the European elections, Jordan Bardella, ruled out the notion of a Frexit, suggesting that perhaps it was no longer so desirable in an "evolving" Europe.

    Marine Le Pen launches her campaign for the European election

    ParisOn Sunday, Marine Le Pen launched her campaign for the May 26 European Parliament election with an appeal to the Yellow Vest movement in a bid to pressure beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron. She said: ”The battle is now between nationalists and globalists.”

    Act IX: Yellow Vests numbers on the rise

    ParisYellow Vest mobilization is on the rise, with 84 000 demonstrators counted by the Ministry of the Interior this weekend in Act IX of the French movement. Many clashes between protesters and law enforcement broke out, and more than a hundred arrests took place in Paris.

    Germany aims at UN Security Council seat

    New YorkThe new friendship agreement between Germany and France will, according to a statement of the German Federal Government, contain a point confirming the support of the idea of ​​a permanent seat for Germany in the UN Security Council.

    Leftist mayors rebel against Salvini’s migration security decree

    RomeItalian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisted on Friday that his migrant and security decree was a State law that must be respected. Salvini is facing a rebellion from leftist mayors who benefit from funding for migrants.

    French fake news spread after arrest of top Yellow Vest

    ParisAccording to fake news, the arrested leader of the Yellow Vests Eric Drouet voted for the National Front in the presidential election of 2017. It appears to be an attempt by the government to split the movement.

    Season 2 of the Benalla Affair: Diplomatic passports and Yellow hearts

    ParisThe disgraced former employee of President Emannuel Macron confirmed that he still has contact with his former boss who asks him for advice on various issues.

    Aid to Ukraine: Barrel without a bottom

    The failed state of Kiev: How corruption makes Ukraine a dysfunctional entity

    Fear of MAD has restored US-Russia parity

    MoscowAn array of new nukes was announced in March this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has called for a return to strategic parity between the US and Soviet Union to counter World War III hawks.

    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers! This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one because Christmas is a holiday filled with traditions.

    Go to archive