European attitudes to Muslim immigration are reportedly in line with Donald Trump’s — in fact, according to a new poll, an average of 55% of Europeans agree with the notion that ‘all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’.
The study, carried out by UK-based think-tank Chatham House found that “majorities in all but two of the ten states [surveyed] agreed” with the aforementioned notion — 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 64% in Hungary and Belgium, 61% in France, 58% in Greece, 53% in Germany, and 51% in Italy. A sizeable minority of 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain disagreed.
The report, which was executed before President Trump’s executive order was announced, concludes 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” — “with the exception of Poland, these countries [the eight in agreement] have either been at the centre of the refugee crisis or experienced terror attacks in recent years” — since January 2015, a seemingly arbitrary date, the people of Paris, Nice, Brussels and Berlin have all witnessed, first hand, the ferocity of rampant Islamic fundamentalism.
And it’s no coincidence that in these states it has transpired that right-wing parties are taking hold, have “entrenched [themselves] as a political force”, and are excitedly keen to make significant gains at the ballot box in 2017. As the report states, “these right-wing parties reflect an underlying reservoir of public support.”
A socio-demographic breakdown of the study is equally “sobering”. A chart compiled by the authors of the report — Professor Matthew Goodwin, Thomas Raines, and David Cutts — shows just how ‘across-the-board’ the support for a curb on migration from mainly Muslim countries is. Not one socio-demographic grouping — whether that’s young people between the ages of 18 and 29 or those with advanced degrees — dips below 44%. In fact, as the report also states, there is even little disagreement between Left and Right.
Ultimately, the sentiment across Europe is clear — people are anxious about mass migration from mostly Muslim countries. And it’s politicians and parties on the Right, those that are proposing that we confront that, that are rising to new heights.
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