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JULY 11, 2016
Europeans Fear Wave of Refugees Will Mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs
Sharp ideological divides across EU on views about minorities, diversity and national identity
BY RICHARD WIKE, BRUCE STOKES AND KATIE SIMMONS
The recent surge of refugees into Europe has featured prominently in the anti-immigrant rhetoric of right-wing parties across the Continent and in the heated debate over the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. At the same time, attacks in Paris and Brussels have fueled public fears about terrorism. As a new Pew Research Center survey illustrates, the refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism are very much related to one another in the minds of many Europeans.
But terrorism is not the only concern people have about refugees. Many are also worried that they will be an economic burden. Hungarians, Poles, Greeks, Italians and French identify this as their greatest concern. Sweden and Germany are the only countries where at least half say refugees make their nation stronger because of their work and talents. Fears linking refugees and crime are much less pervasive, although nearly half in Italy and Sweden say refugees are more to blame for crime than other groups.
BTW – No European country accords citizenship based simply on the fact that a person was born in the territory of that state.