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Almost 80% against admitting refugees

A whopping 78.3 percent of Latvians do not support taking in refugees, newspaper Neatkariga reported today referring to a December SKDS survey, reported LETA news agency Friday.

Only 1.6 percent of respondents told SKDS that Latvia should take in refugees, 14.1 percent said rather yes than no, 29.2 percent said they tended to oppose accommodation of refugees, 49.1 percent said Latvia should definitely not take in refugees, and 6 percent had no opinion.

SKDS head Arnis kaktins said that the opinions expressed by respondents were much the same for all residents, regardless of age, education, and language spoken at home.

Only the highest-paid respondents were a little more tolerant of refugees, but the majority of them also opposed taking in refugees.

The newspaper noted that residents' opinions are starkly different from the government's policy, which may explain the falling ratings of many politicians.

The Latvian government and the Latvian parliamentary committee on European affairs have supported the plan by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for dealing with the migration crisis in Europe under which Latvia would admit from 531 up to 776 asylum seekers.

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