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Majority Of Central Europeans Oppose European Union’s Migration Policies, Hungarian Poll Finds

Tamás Székely 2017.11.30.

The majority of central Europeans oppose the European Union’s migration policy and more people in the region support Hungary’s policy than oppose it, a recent survey by Nézőpont Institute, a Budapest-based pro-government think tank,  shows.

The survey prepared in eleven countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, showed that 74% of respondents consider European policies bad for Europe.

Hungarians and Slovaks are especially opposed to migration from beyond the continent, with 89% holding a negative view. Czechs and Bulgarians follow, with 88% and 80% opposed respectively. Even 63% of Austrians and 58% of Germans said migration is, on balance, bad for Europe rather than positive.Some 44% said they supported the Hungarian government’s migration policies and 40% said they opposed them.

A total of 78% of people in the Visegrad Group countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said they were against the mandatory migration quota. A total of 56% of Visegrad Group respondents said they supported the Hungarian government’s policies and only 32% said they opposed them. Austrians (65%) and Germans (55%) were the most against the Hungarian government’s migration policies.

The survey was conducted by telephone with a representative sample 1,000 people per country between Sept. 26 and Oct. 27.

via hungarymatters.hu and nezopontintezet.hu; featured photo: wikitravel.org