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

By 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.

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