Surveys Says Vast Majority of Greeks See Immigrants as a Burden

Immigrants in Monastiraki, Athens. Source: Wikipedia

A survey in the eighteen countries which host half of the world’s migrants found that Greeks are the most skeptical of all about immigrants, with 74 percent of the population viewing them as a burden.

According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey which was published on Thursday, only ten percent of Greek citizens believe that immigrants make the country stronger.

Greece is among the five countries surveyed, along with Hungary, South Africa, Russia and Israel, which viewed immigrants as a burden.

The survey found, paradoxically, that a majority of citizens in the most popular migrant destination countries say that immigrants actually strengthen their countries.

In ten of the countries surveyed, majorities viewed immigrants as a positive force rather than a burden.

Among these ten are some of the countries in the world which have the largest population of immigrants: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (which each welcomed more than seven million immigrants in 2017).

Meanwhile, in Italy and Poland, more citizens say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in these countries do not have decided opinions (31 percent and 20 percent respectively). Public opinion on the impact of immigrants is almost evenly divided in the Netherlands.

Source: Pew Research Center