One in two Spaniards oppose immigration

16th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2005, VIENNA-More than half of Spaniards are against immigrants, a new study shows.

16 March 2005

VIENNA-More than half of Spaniards are against immigrants, a new study shows.

Just over 50 percent of Spaniards told the Europe-wide study they opposed more foreigners in their country

And two-thirds of European Union citizens say that their own countries should not become more "multicultural," a new study shows.

This was the conclusion of a report presented by the Vienna-based EU Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia, which summarizes the results of the 1997, 2000 and 2003 Eurobarometer surveys, as well as the European Social Study 2003.

One-quarter of European citizens oppose having a multicultural society, a view shared by 14.6 percent of Spaniards and 59 percent of Greeks, according to survey data.

The study found a strong correlation between geographic proximity to the Balkans, which were wracked by civil wars in the 1990s, and resentment against immigrants.

The killing of Theo van Gogh, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture, caused an abrupt change in views of multiculturalism in the Netherlands, with ideas about a multicultural "utopia" being replaced by anti-immigrant "hysteria."

In 2003, some 50 percent of the citizens in EU member nations opposed the presence of immigrants.

The figure in Spain was 50.24 percent, while 87.48 percent of Greeks and 86.53 percent of Hungarians were against the presence of immigrants.

Sweden, with only 14.64 percent of respondents opposing their presence, and Ireland, with 35.27 percent, were the most accepting of immigrants.

According to the study's authors, individuals with higher educational and income levels tend to be less opposed to minorities, immigrants and the idea of a multicultural society.

The Eurobarometer survey series, a program of cross-national and cross-temporal comparative social research, is conducted on behalf of the European Commission to monitor social and political attitudes.

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