A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that 86% of Greeks want fewer immigrants allowed in their country. In Italy, the similar rate stands at 80%, in France at 57% and in the UK at 55%.
In Spain, 47% stated that they want fewer immigrants, 40% said that the immigrants’ current number should remain the same, while 10% of the Spanish population claimed that they have no problem with increased immigration. In Germany, the percentage of those who want fewer immigrants reaches 44% and in Poland, 40%.
The poll released on May 14, was conducted in March and April among 7,o22 adults in seven European countries (Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom). The poll presents the citizens’ opinion towards the European Union (EU), the euro, the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Parliament and the European economic integration. The respondents were also asked on issues such as the labor market, the public debt and inequality.
According to the poll, a huge majority of Greeks (70%), Italians (69%), Poles (52%) and French (52%) believes that immigrants are a burden on the economies of their countries. In Spain the public is divided between those who believe that immigration is a problem (46%) and those who believe that immigrants can help in their country’s economic growth (47%).
Finally, figures showed that in Greece 53% of the population has a negative opinion towards Muslims and Roma.