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Most Europeans believe the migrant influx will lead to more terrorism and be an economic burden for their country

The majority of people in Europe believe that the large influx of migrants will lead to more terrorism and problems for the economy of their country, a new survey has revealed.

Research conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center showed that in the eight out of ten European nations surveyed, half or more believe the migrant crisis could hamper security.

They also found that many also worry about the economic burden brought by migrants and how they are concerned they will take away their jobs and social benefits.

 A woman holds a card protesting against the migrant crisis in the Netherlands. The majority of people in Europe worried the migrant crisis could lead to more terrorism 

 A man welcomes refugees entering Germany at the Saalfeld train station. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made the successful handling of the refugee crisis her top priority

The survey covered the European countries of Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Poland.

It was conducted from April to May — before the British referendum to leave the European Union and the extremist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport last month.

The continent saw an overwhelming influx of more than one million migrants in 2015 — with the majority arriving from Muslim countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost all of them applied for asylum in the EU with Germany and Sweden as their top destinations.

Meanwhile, populist parties all over the continent successfully increased their numbers by campaigning against Muslim migrants, including the National Front in France, Ukip in the UK, the right-wing Alternative for Germany and Austria’s Freedom Party.

Europe has also recently suffered several major terrorist attacks, including the assaults by ISIS on Paris and Brussels that killed scores of people.

Many of the attackers were European-born, but some are believed to have travelled to Syria to join the terror group before returning to carry out the attacks — a few of them by mixing in with migrant flows to avoid detection on their way home.

Populist parties all over the continent successfully increased their numbers by campaigning against Muslim migrants

Some 76 per cent of people surveyed in Hungary said they’re concerned that refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism in their country, followed by the Polish with 71 per cent.

Majorities in all other surveyed countries shared this belief — with the exception of Spain and France.

Citizens of both Hungary and Poland also worried more than other Europeans that refugees would be a burden to their countries because they would take their jobs and social benefits.

‘It is important to note that worries about refugees are not necessarily related to the number of migrants coming to the country,’ the report states.

It said Poland, where 73 per cent say refugees are an overall major threat, has had only several thousand asylum applications, while just 31 per cent of Germans are generally concerned about refugees after seeing their country register almost 1.1 million asylum seekers last year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made the successful handling of the refugee crisis her top priority and has told Germans time and again that ‘we will manage this.’

The government of Hungary, on the other hand has been an insistent voice against migrants, especially against Muslims.

 Citizens of both Hungary and Poland also worried more than other Europeans that refugees would be a burden to their countries because they would take their jobs and social benefits

Germany and Sweden — which took in the second most asylum seekers in 2015 — are the only countries where at least half say refugees make their nations stronger because of their work and talent.

When asked more generally, whether having an increasing number of people of many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in their country makes the society a better place to live in, only few Europeans said diversity has a positive impact.

At 36 per cent, Sweden registers the highest percentage that believes diversity makes their country a better place to live.

The prevailing attitude in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain is that diversity is neither a plus nor a minus in term of quality of life.

At the same time, 63 per cent in Greece and 53 per cent in Italy believe that growing diversity makes their country a worse place to live.

These attitudes stand in a stark contrast to the U.S. There, some 58 per cent of Americans said having more people of many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities makes the U.S. a better place to live.

Only seven per cent said increasing diversity makes life worse, according to a Pew Reserach Center poll conducted in March.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685411/Survey-Europeans-worry-migrants-increase-terror-threat.html

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