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Over 70% in Rīga are against admitting refugees

The vast majority or 73.3 percent of Rīgans disapprove of admission of asylum seekers, with only 19.7 percent of those polled in the capital view it positively, the Riga City Council told LETA news agency.

A mere 4.1 percent said they fully approved of admission of asylum seekers and 15.6 percent said they rather approved of it. Among those, who were against admission of asylum seekers, 49.5 percent said they were fully against it and 23.8 percent said they rather disapproved of it. There were also 6.9 percent undecided respondents.

The poll showed that young Rigans under 24 years of age, respondents with higher education and those with Latvian as their household language tended to show more positive attitude to arrival of asylum seekers.

At the same time, people in the age group over 55 years, respondents with secondary education and those from Russian-speaking households were more inclined to show negative attitude.

The poll was carried out by SKDS pollster in November this year among 800 residents of Riga aged 18-74 years.

A July 2015 survey of Latvians aged 18-55 by TNS said that 55% of Latvians think that Latvia should not accept any refugees at all.

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