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47% of EU Citizens Believe That Migrants’ Integration is Unsuccessful in Their Countries, Survey Shows

12,460 or 47 per cent of respondents from the private Eurobarometer survey, which looked at the integration of immigrants in the European Union, assessed the unsuccessful integration of immigrants at the national level.

According to the survey of 26,510 respondents from all European member states, only 53 percent believe their national government has made sufficient efforts to promote the integration of immigrants into society, TheSchengen.com reports.

Although 38 percent of respondents claim to be aware of such a case, 68 percent of them overestimate the true number of immigrant populations in their countries.

Moreover, 50 per cent of them see immigrant integration as sufficient or even successful in their regions, but do not believe the same for integration at the national level. Some 69 percent also said they are actively promoting immigrant integration, as it is a necessary long-term investment for their country.

However, when asked about alternatives that migrants should better integrate into their societies, 85 percent of respondents believe that migrants should speak at least one of the official languages ​​of the European Union.

Seven out of ten EU citizens claim that integration is a two-way process, making the host society and migrants responsible for successful integration, while 18 per cent say it is the migrants’ responsibility and 10 per cent attribute this responsibility to the national community.

The respondents also claim that integration is a top priority on their national government’s agenda, with 53 percent saying so while 15 percent see it as a top priority. This is lower than those who consider immigrant integration a low priority (27 per cent).

In addition, 43 percent of EU citizens believe that the issue should remain more or less the same on the national government’s policy agenda, indicating that it should be considered a high but not a high priority, while 35 percent think it should be placed higher on the list their state. A total of 17 percent said it should be less, while 5 percent said they didn’t know.

When asked how comfortable they felt having an immigrant as their manager, Irish respondents were more “completely comfortable” as 93 percent claimed, compared to 4 percent who said they were “completely uncomfortable”.

At the other end of the scale are Hungarian citizens, where 55 percent said they would not feel comfortable while 36 percent said they were uncomfortable in such a situation. The most common answer for EU citizens was “completely comfortable” with 73 percent answering while 19 percent said they would not be comfortable at all.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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