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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 the respondents from the Special Eurobarometer survey, which tackled the integration of immigrants in the European Union, have estimated unsuccessful migrants’ integration at the national level.

According to the survey with 26,510 respondents from all European Member States, only 53 per cent believe that their national government has made enough efforts to promote the integration of migrants into society, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Although 38 per cent of respondents claim they are updated on such a situation, 68 per cent of them overestimate the real number of the immigrant population in their countries.

Furthermore, 50 per cent of them consider that the integration of migrants is sufficient or even successful in their respective areas, but they do not believe the same for integration at the national level. About 69 per cent also say they are actively promoting immigrants’ integration, as it is a necessary investment for their country for the long term.

However, when asked about the alternatives immigrants have to better integrate into their respective societies, 85 per cent of respondents believe that immigrants should at least speak one of the official languages ​​in the EU.

Seven in ten EU citizens claim integration is a two-way process, making both host society and immigrants responsible for successful integration, while 18 per cent say that is immigrants’ responsibility while another ten per cent attributes this responsibility to the national society.

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

Additionally, 43 per cent of EU citizens believe that the issue should remain about the same on its national government policy agenda, indicating it has to be considered a high priority but not a top priority, while 35 per cent think it should be placed higher on their country’s list. A total of 17 per cent say it should be lower, while five per cent claim they do not know.

When asked how comfortable they would feel having an immigrant as their manager, Irish respondents were the most ‘totally comfortable’ as 93 per cent claimed, compared to four per cent that claimed to be ‘totally uncomfortable’.

On the other end of the scale are Hungarian citizens, with 55 per cent saying they would not feel comfortable while 36 per cent being uncomfortable in such a situation. The most common answer of the EU citizens was ‘totally comfortable’ as 73 per cent answered while 19 per cent claimed they would not be comfortable at all.

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