Do Europeans think that immigration into their countries is a good thing?

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Do Europeans think that immigration into their countries is a good thing?

There are 11 countries overall where respondents are most likely to agree immigration into theircountry is a good thing. Opinion in Poland and Austria is equally divided between agreement anddisagreement (all 38%). Sweden (27%), Luxembourg (24%) and Ireland (22%) are the only countries where at least one in five strongly agree.

There are eight countries where at least half disagree, most notably Hungary (70%), Greece (65%)and Latvia and the Czech Republic (both 61%). Overall there are 15 countries where respondents are most likely to disagree. It is worth noting that the majority of respondents in Hungary (51%) strongly disagree, as do 28% in the Czech Republic and 26% in Greece.

In all but four countries at least one in five neither agree nor disagree, with respondents in Denmark (36%), the Netherlands (34%) and Slovenia (33%) the most likely to answer this way.

There is range of 59 percentage points in agreement levels across the EU, highlighting the diversity of opinion. There are five countries where at least half agree immigration into their country is agood thing: Sweden (69%), Ireland (68%), Luxembourg (63%), the United Kingdom (56%) and Portugal (50%).

This compares to 10% in Greece, 11% in Slovakia and 12% in Bulgaria who alsoagree. The map illustrates that respondents living in countries in the eastern area of the EU are generally amongst the least likely to agree.

The socio-demographic analysis illustrates the following:

– The younger the respondent, the more likely they are to agree immigration into their country is a good thing: 45% of those aged 15-24 agree, compared to 32% of those aged 55 or over.

– The longer a respondent remained in education, the more likely they are to agree: 48% whocompleted education aged 20 or over agree, compared to 28% who completed education aged 15 or younger. In more detail, 55% of those who completed upper level education agree, compared to 20% who did not finish primary school.

– Managers (52%) and students (50%) are the most likely to agree, particularly compared to retired persons (30%) and housepersons (31%).

– The fewer difficulties a respondent experiences paying bills, the more likely they are to agree:42% who experience the least difficulties agree, compared to 27% who experience the most difficulties.

– The more urbanised a respondent’s environment, the more likely they are to agree: 42% living in large towns agree compared to 35% living in rural villages.

– Respondents living in neighbourhoods they classify as rich (48%) are more likely to agree than those living in average (37%) or poor (39%) neighbourhoods.

source: Eurobarometer 471 – April 2018

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