Poll: Half Of Italians No Longer Feel At Home Because Of Immigration

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More than half of Italians say they no longer feel at home because of immigration, according to a study on authoritarian populism in the West.

The survey asked people in 12 European countries if they agreed with the statement: “There are so many foreigners living round here, it doesn’t feel like home any more.”

Italy was the only country where a majority of people, 52 percent, agreed with the statement. The French and Germans also polled high with 47 and 44 percent agreeing with the statement, respectively.

Agreement was much lower in Romania, Lithuania and Poland — countries that have experienced far lower levels of immigration.

People who hold “authoritarian populist” views are more likely to agree with the statement. More than 70 percent of Germans identifying as “authoritarian populists” said they no longer feel at home.

“The perceptions individuals have of immigration correlate strongly with whether or not they can be classified, by our measure, as authoritarian populists,” Joe Twyman, YouGov’s head of political and social research, said of the findings.

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