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Poll: Vast majority in Central and Southern Europe reject migrants

The majority of people in central, eastern and southern European countries are opposed to migration and they believe that preserving Christian culture is important, a new survey Nezopont Institute released on Thursday showed.

Published: July 2, 2018, 8:47 am

    The survey was conducted by phone, between May 11 and June 11, on representative samples of 1 000 people in 11 countries including Hungary, Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

    Some 74 percent of respondents thought that immigration from outside the continent was “not good” for Europe.

    The ratio was lowest in Germany and Austria, where 53 and 56 percent were opposed to migration, respectively.

    Those saying that migration was good for the EU came to 5 percent in Hungary, 8 percent in Bulgaria, 11 percent in Slovakia and 13 percent in the Czech Republic, Nezopont revealed.

    Of all respondents in the countries surveyed, only 30 percent agreed with the EU’s resettlement quota scheme while a majority of 63 percent rejected it. Some 76 percent of the Visegrad Group countries’ were against it, while those in favour of the scheme were in majority only in Austria (64 percent).

    Two-thirds of all respondents said that Europe’s Christian culture should be preserved, while only 30 percent said that new religions and cultures should be accepted.

    The importance of Christianity was supported by most respondents in Bulgaria (79 percent), followed by Slovakia (74 percent) and the Czech Republic (71 percent). Multiculturalism was accepted mostly among Croatians (37 percent), Germans (36 percent) and Austrians (34 percent), according to the survey.

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