Survey Shows Europeans Are Increasingly Opposed To Muslim Immigration

Russ Read | Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter

A survey of citizens in ten European countries found that more than half of respondents want to stop migration from mainly Muslim countries.

The survey, conducted by the United Kingdom’s Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), found an average of 55 percent of the 10,000 Europeans surveyed agreed with the statement: “all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.”

A majority of respondents from all but two of the countries (the U.K. and Spain) included in the survey agreed with the statement. The percentages of agreement ranged from a high of 71 percent in Poland to a low of 41 percent in Spain.

Chatham House concluded that the survey results “suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the U.S. but is fairly widespread.”

The survey was conducted before President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The think tank also found that the countries which most agreed that Muslim immigration should be stopped had “very different sized Muslim populations.” Additionally, with the exception of Poland, each country was the target of a refugee crisis or terrorist attack in recent years. Most of the states also have a far-right-wing presence in their respective political systems.

A Pew Research Center study conducted in 2016 found a majority of respondents in Hungary, Poland, Italy and Greece had an unfavorable view of Muslims in their respective countries. Only 29 percent of respondents in Germany and France shared that view.

As of 2010, the European Union was home to 13 million Muslim immigrants, most of which were located in France and Germany.

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