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Survey Says
Most Europeans Oppose Muslim Immigration

A new Chatham House survey of ten European countries offers a sobering look at how widespread the public’s opposition to further Muslim immigration has become:

In our survey, carried out before President Trump’s executive order was announced, respondents were given the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’. They were then asked to what extent did they agree or disagree with this statement. Overall, across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed. […]

Public opposition to further migration from Muslim states is especially intense in Austria, Poland, Hungary, France and Belgium, despite these countries having very different sized resident Muslim populations. In each of these countries, at least 38% of the sample ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement. […]

Our findings also reveal how, across Europe, opposition to Muslim immigration is especially intense among retired, older age cohorts while those aged below 30 are notably less opposed. There is also a clear education divide. Of those with secondary level qualifications, 59% opposed further Muslim immigration. By contrast, less than half of all degree holders supported further migration curbs.

The results of the survey are worth exploring in full, revealing some telling demographic differences in the public’s attitudes. Apart from age and education, geography seems to be a key cleavage, with rural residents notably more opposed than those living in cities or small towns.

As for the country-by-country breakdown, opposition to Muslim immigration runs from a high of 71 percent in Poland to a low of 41 percent in Spain. Unsurprisingly, most of the countries registering the strongest opposition have suffered major terrorist attacks or been at the center of the refugee crisis:

But the results may be most striking for how they cut across traditional lines, revealing sizable support for the survey’s maximalist position—an opposition to all further Muslim immigration—among self-professed liberals and conservatives alike. Lots of people are thinking the unthinkable these days.

Since the survey was conducted, President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has inflamed an already contentious debate, and earned rebukes from leaders in the UK, France, and Germany. If the latest numbers are any indication, though, the very same sentiments animating Trump’s travel ban—anxiety about Muslim immigration and a desire to severely curtail immigration flows—are widespread in the populations of those countries. European leaders would be wise to internalize this reality and seek new ways to respond to their constituents’ concerns, rather than rejecting them outright.

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  • Unelected Leader

    It’s too late for Europistan. They created the problem. People respond to incentives, and states in Europistan pay people a lot of money to not work, so they provide economic incentive to come there, specifically Sweden, Germany, France.
    They are just going to have to deal with the uptick of terror attacks, as well as violent crime including thefts and sex assaults.

    • Suzy Dixon

      Precisely. And the Socialists and Communists in America want to bring more of them here to increase crime and social tension since they can’t win elections.
      Long term they hope that these imported government- dependent voters will finally help them win.

    • Beauceron

      It’s too late for the US too.
      Our elites transformed this country dramatically over the past 3-4 decades. We quite literally are no longer permitted to even control our borders at this point. Everyone is allowed in. It is madness– or at least it seems so to me, but I’ve had it drilled into my head since youth that such thoughts make me a racist white supremacist. So…

  • rheddles

    There needs to be a distinction made between Muslims and Islam. In small numbers which have no effect on culture, individual Muslims are entirely unobjectionable. When the number of Muslims grow sufficiently so that Islam begins to impinge on the established culture, entry of additional Muslims creates objections. Muslims, yes; Islam, no.

    • ——————————

      “In small numbers which have no effect on culture, individual Muslims are entirely unobjectionable.”

      In a perfect (kumbaya) world…however 1 Musloid with a well placed bomb belt or airplane can do a lot of damage….

  • Anthony

    TAI observation since November 2016 vis-a-vis discussion threads (observation passed along by keen observer):

    1) New Disqus Account? Check.
    2) Authentic Sounding Name? Check.
    3) Nothing but thinly disguised incoherent ranting insults at liberals? Check.
    4) In line with Bannon’s Internet tactic to derail discussion thread? Check.

    To conclude observation has merit may require more time (if there’s interests).

    • ——————————

      Oh wise sage.
      Your analysis applies to all of the left/right internet…and since it’s inception….

      • Anthony

        Maybe so but as was pointed out to me, if interested I may pay more attention – I don’t hastily conclude anything nor seek readily available confirmation.

        • seattleoutcast

          What I do see on this blog (and on many blogs) is people who think they are entitled to make decisions and then get angry from responses contrary to their opinion. Not all of these comments are snarky and mendacious. If you are putting your opinion out there, you must, in true American fashion, allow your opinion to get rebutted. Perhaps in this snowflake universe there are just too many people who don’t understand this.

          • Anthony

            I don’t see anything wrong in your logic but I don’t get sense that decisions are being proffered as much as viewpoints (given subject matter); anything else is subjective and perhaps colored by interpretive disposition – but I presume people write for numerous reasons (those I know [who visit blogs] are indifferent to anonymous rebuttal; as they are not interested in the underbelly of social commentary. Thanks for reply but above is just a reported observation.

    • Jim__L

      TAI’s articles, being well-written, well-thought-out, and typically critical of the Obama administration, occasionally get linked by websites with a reliably conservative clientele, but with more rough-and-tumble comment boards. This causes the occasional influx of (sort of) new names with the aforesaid rough-and-tumble attitude.

      Since WRM doesn’t make a regular habit of writing his wonderful polemics, gradually most of that crowd moves back to their favored sites after a while — ones that follow the political horserace, or are generally less dry than this all-foreign-policy, all-the-time format. Some of them stick around, but they are few.

      But if you want to keep looking for conspiracies, by all means. =)

      • Anthony

        Read carefully my man: TAI articles are not at issue; inference of conspiracy is in your …mind; linked websites are irrelevant to observation ascribed; you have too much time on your hand; finally: a-new-centrists-party-now/ (and remember tea & snark)

        • Psalms564

          That’s what I like about you. You play your parody account so seriously that one almost forgets it’s a parody. And then a link to salon… And everything makes sense again and is funny. Really funny.
          And don’t listen to Jim. I happen to find your conspiracy theories to be awesome. My only piece of wisdom to bestow is that you should just continue to do you.

          • Anthony

            JR, you’ve bounced around this site now for almost two years and spent too much time negatively phishing this websites and others (you harassed Dan Greene to the point that his valuable contributions are no longer read by the wider TAI/ViaMedia audience). Shalom, my deceptive, dual motive patriot.

          • Psalms564

            I harassed Dan Greene? Dan Greene was advocating to have a genetic test to make sure Jewish genes were erased. Are you sure you got the right person identified as a harasser? Are you sure?

          • Anthony

            Yeah, O.K. but that’s not the point and you justify what you will. Shalom

          • Psalms564

            So you are OK defending a genocidal maniac? That’s cool. What is it that you think we are missing from Dan Greene? Was I supposed to not respond to his genocidal fantasies? You tell me. You are the expert here.
            Unlike Comrade FriendlyGoat, I don’t try to ban people with different views.

          • Anthony

            You can’t force feed your description, determination, identification, or opinion of another (Dan Greene) by convenient use of “fallacies of presumption”. Let’s leave it at you do what you must and those who think for themselves will avoid “verbal disputes” – the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

          • Psalms564

            You seem to define stupidity as a quality of people who refuse to let you push them around. I’ve always maintained that if you don’t like what I say that’s what’s called a “you problem”.
            You can think whatever you want of me. I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn’t, then why would I say am?

          • Anthony

            I’m not defining anything but I am not going to replay a two year passed online saga with you again. Good wishes JR, Shalom.

  • Boritz

    “and seek new ways to respond to their constituents’ concerns”

    If they follow the lead of the United States this will include shaming their constituents and tarring them as haters and racists.

  • Aldus du Flaperon

    In the European media, all one can hear about the response in Europe to Trump’s EO is stories of fierce, loud, wide-spread opposition.

    How is it possible that the media are so far removed from the people they are supposed to inform and report on that they have no clue what they actually think or else, ignore it in their coverage?

    • LarryD

      Same way our media is, they are propagandists for the ruling class. The Narrative (i.e., Party Line) must be followed, everything that contradicts it is suppressed.

  • Psalms564

    Too late. The time when this could have been solved peacefully has passed. It will be soled with blood, just like every single other interaction with Islam since Islam’s inception. I’m basing this prediction on nothing more that a simple concept that it’s not going be different this time. I just happen to be an optimist and I believe that we will win this time as well.

  • Mark Hamilton

    What is “sobering” is that there are still countries in Europe where a majority do not oppose further Muslim immigration. One wonders what it will take to make people abandon politically correct multi-culti BS if a decade long string of terrorist attacks and culture-based violent sex crimes can’t do the trick?

    • Psalms564

      Those people are about to go extinct. As they deserve to.

  • PCB

    What I find especially interesting is the survey results for UK. In addition to attributing the Brexit vote to a “Populist” movement, the Muslim Immigrant Issue was also asserted to be a major factor in UK’s vote to withdraw from the EU. However, if the above survey results are accurate, UK appears to rank lower than several other EU countries in their agreement that immigration should be curtailed; Even lower than liberal Belgium, Germany and France. Of course, it must be considered that the apparent post-Brexit voting timing of the survey may likely have tempered UK responses, as they are now less likely to be impacted by the UE refugee policy, and of course, there is the impact of experienced terror attacks on Belgium, Germany and France survey results, as indicated.

  • Andrew Allison

    Good Grief! President Trump got it right again, shock, horror.

  • Proud Skeptic

    Oh, those Europeans…They were SO surprised when they found out they actually could have a say in what happens in their country.

  • FriendlyGoat

    We need to remember that——-ultimately——this is a philosophical struggle, a messaging struggle, an educational struggle between whether the number of people on earth who are devoted to the sayings of Muhammad as THE guide to all aspects of life can be peaked and then brought into decline, or not. We don’t know whether telling people “we, in free places, simply do not want you if you’re from an Islamic place” drives those numbers down or up. Perhaps we will find out.

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