Flemish are tolerant, except towards immigrants

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Despite the fact most Flemish people are happy and that 40 percent see benefits in a multicultural society, a large number also blame immigrants for society's problems, a survey has found.

24 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Despite the fact most Flemish people are happy and that 40 percent see benefits in a multicultural society, a large number also blame immigrants for society's problems, a survey has found.

The VUB survey of 3,000 Flemish people found that 50 percent believe immigrants abuse the social security system, that they are more often involved in crime and cause an increase in the unemployment rate.

A third of respondents think immigrants are the cause of reduced public safety and claim the government conducts a policy of preferential treatment.

Half of those surveyed think immigrants should abandon religious or cultural practices if they are in breach of the law.

A quarter goes even further: claiming immigrants should completely give up their own culture to become fully part of Flemish society.

According to more than half of those surveyed, the quality of education is suffering because there are too many immigrants in one school.

However, the Flemish person is tolerant if it involves a problem of another kind, news agency Belga reported.

For example, most respondents do not have problems about alternative forms of co-habitation, gay rights or ethical questions such as euthanasia or academic research on embryos.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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