With the rife security issues experienced across Europe due to mass Muslim migration, a poll conducted across all 28 nations in the European Union (EU) revealed that 78 percent of EU citizens see the influx as a problem and desire tighter control of Europe’s external borders.
Most of the 1,000 respondents to the Századvég Foundation’s Project 28 survey conducted in February indicated that they fear the problems incurred by Europe’s illegal immigration for several of reasons.
“Residents of the EU continue to believe that migration has a significant impact: the majority (62 percent) of people believe that immigration increases crime and the threat of terrorism, while changing European culture and posing a huge burden on receiving countries,” Project 28 reported from its poll. “The perception of migration has also changed, with more and more people (now 54 percent) believing that the majority of migrants come to Europe for economic reasons and state benefits.”
More Europeans terrified of terrorism
More and more Europeans are fearing for their lives in the wake of the continent’s increasingly frequent Islamic terrorist attacks – and they are becoming wary that the problem is only getting worse.
“Overall, 82 percent of people think there is a chance that a terrorist attack similar to what happened in Paris, in Brussels or in Berlin could happen in their country, [and] most of Europe is dissatisfied with Brussels’s handling of the immigration crisis,” Project 28 researchers divulged. “[M]ore than two-thirds (68 percent) of survey participants are afraid [‘strongly fear’ or ‘moderately fear’] that African immigrants will arrive to Europe in masses in the next decade.”
There are no exceptions throughout Europe when it comes to worrying about the Islamic invasion that is being pushed on Europeans by the EU and the United Nations under the politically correct veil of alleviating “the Muslim refugee crisis” to help the immigrants supposedly evade oppression and persecution in their native lands throughout Africa and the Middle East.
“[M]ore citizens in every singleEuropean country say that [Muslim migration] is a ‘serious problem’ than say it is not a problem or not a very serious problem,” Breitbart News reported from the survey. “The rapid population growth of Muslims in Europe is another area of particular concern among Europeans … with 70 percent of the people believing that a growing Muslim presence is a problem and a mere 8 percent saying it is no threat at all.”
In fact, more than six out of 10 of Europeans believe that the surge of Muslim immigrants into their countries will escalate the threat of terrorism, while the same proportion (62 percent) also see the influx as an indicator that their crime rate will increase.
Personal safety is not the only issue raising the concerns of most Europeans, who are apprehensive that their homeland’s allure will continue to attract more immigration problems.
“A majority of citizens (57 percent) said that the influx of immigrants will change the culture of their countries,” Breitbart’s Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D, gleaned from the Project 28 survey. “The perception of migration has also changed, as a majority of Europeans are now convinced that most migrants are attracted to Europe by ‘pull factors’ such as the EU’s economy and social benefits.”
As a result, many Europeans fear that their finances, comfort of living and lifestyles will suffer.
“Handling immigration, on the other hand, is also perceived as imposing a major economic burden on EU member states, with 73 percent of those interviewed saying that managing immigration will pose a ‘huge financial burden’ on receiving countries” Williams added. “Only 17 percent believe that the cost of handling immigration will not be ‘huge.’”
Migration quotas under fire
Migrant quotas have been a hot topic of debate in Europe as Muslims terrorist attacks and community takeovers continue to spread across the continent.
“Across the continent since the 2015 surge, the EU has been attempting to make each member state pay for a decision which was unilaterally decided upon by the German government,” the American Spectator reported. “Whether every other member state should help ameliorate Angela Merkel’s mistake is a heated issue – and not only in eastern Europe. At the height of the 2015 crisis, the British government refused to accept any migrant quotas enforced from Berlin or Brussels.”
Germany is already feeling the repercussions of its own lax and accommodating migrant policies from the past few years.
“Research commissioned by the German government and published in January found that there had been a large increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 percent of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants,” American Spectator’s Douglas Murray pointed out. “How strange it is that something should be a majority public opinion – and a provable opinion at that – and still remain politically unsayable.”
In lieu of rising the Islamic terrorism and crime threats across Europe, the popularity of migrant quotas is plummeting – with Germany wanting other countries to take more of the burden.
“The proportion of EU citizens who approve of an EU quota plan has fallen from 53 percent in 2016 to 47 percent this year, [s]o quotas are even more unpopular now than they were two years ago,” Murray continued. “Naturally, the idea of quotas is most popular in Germany – which has most to gain by dispersing its migrants around the rest of Europe – with 67 percent of respondents approving of quotas.”
Not in my own backyard …
With the migrant threat reaching their own communities, Europeans are now more wary of welcoming Muslim refugees into their own countries – but they would still like to help … while they remain abroad.
“Fully 81 percent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 percent) saying that the EU should provide ‘substantial financial support’ to the countries where they are currently residing – like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey,” Murray noted from the results. “The public are also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after the war in Syria ends.”
A very slim minority of Europeans now believe that a continued mass Muslim migration to their continent is a good idea.
“Just 14 percent of the European public believe that the EU should accept a million asylum seekers a year, and only 9 percent of the European public think that immigrants should be accepted without any limitations,” Murray pointed out.
Most Europeans have posterity in mind when seeking to reform the EU’s liberal immigration policy that has already substantially changed their own way of life – for the worse.
“Crucially, the public are aware of something about which their politicians have been blithe – which is that migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a problem for this generation, but for succeeding ones,” Murray continued. “A frightening 50 percent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than them.”
Citizens of nations that receive a higher influx of Muslim migrants than the rest of Europe are much more likely to be wary of refugees flooding their borders – especially with their future generations in mind.
“This view is noticeably higher in countries like Austria, Greece and Germany, which have been at the forefront of the migration crises,” Murray concluded. “Specifically, 70 percent of the European public believe that the ‘rapid population growth of Muslims’ is either a ‘somewhat serious’ or ‘very serious’ threat to Europe.”