Latvians most reluctant in accepting immigrants

Amongst European Union (EU) member-state citizens surveyed in an annex to the latest Eurobarometer poll in the fall of 2014, Latvians were at the bottom of the list in expressing favorable attitudes toward immigration, whether from other EU member-states or outside the union.

While Sweden ranked highest in its citizens’ positive disposition towards immigration as compared to any other EU member state (72% favoring non-EU state immigration and 82% favoring internal EU immigration, respectively), Latvia’s results showed a preponderance of distinctly negative attitudes towards the issue (63% against internal EU immigration and 79% against non-EU state immigration).

While their surveyed citizens were not as starkly opposed to the acceptance of immigrants in their societies, Lithuania and Estonia nevertheless showed sizable percentages of negative attitudes (61% and 71% respectively opposed to non-EU immigration; 36% and 40% respectively against internal EU immigration).

The segments of the surveyed respondents answering favorably in the Baltic states were as follows:

Latvia   

  • 4% very much in favor of internal EU immigration; 28% quite in favor
  • 2% very much in favor of immigration from non-EU states; 14% quite in favor

Estonia

  • 6% very much in favor of internal EU immigration; 47% quite in favor
  • 2% very much in favor of immigration from non-EU states; 17% quite in favor

Lithuania

  • 11% very much in favor of internal EU immigration; 48% quite in favor
  • 4% very much in favor of immigration from non-EU states; 28% quite in favor


A tableaux of the Eurobarometer survey's annex can be viewed here (in Swedish).

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