Most Europeans Favor Immigration Ban From Muslin-majority Countries
A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, a new poll reveals.
An average of 55% of people across the 10 European countries surveyed wanted to stop all future immigration from mainly Muslim countries.
The Chatham House study, conducted before US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the US from 7 predominantly Muslim countries, found majorities in all but 2 of the 10 states opposed immigration from mainly Muslim countries.
Only 20% disagreed, while 25% said they did not know.
A ban was supported by 71% of people in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy.
In the UK, 47% supported a ban.
In no country did more than 32% disagree with a ban.
Of those surveyed, opposition to Muslim immigration was especially intense among older people, while those under 30 were less opposed.
There was also a contrast between those with secondary level qualifications, of which 59% opposed Muslim immigration, and degree holders, of which less than 50% supported halting immigration.
The poll backs up other research about attitudes towards Muslims in Europe.
A Pew survey of 10 European countries in Y 2016 found majorities in five countries had an unfavorable view of Muslims living in their country.
Of those, 72% of Hungarians had a negative view of Muslims, followed by 69% of Italians, 66% of Poles, 65% of Greeks and 50% of Spaniards.
In the UK, only 28% said they had an unfavorable view of Muslims, while in Germany and France 29% said the same.
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