Migration, terrorism biggest concerns for EU citizens: poll

The vast majority of Europeans are worried about the number of Muslims in their country and believe the terrorist threat is far from over, according to an EU-wide study out Monday.

The results of the survey by the Szazadveg Foundation, a center-right Hungarian think tank, show an increasingly pessimistic Europe, with 70 percent of those polled believing an increase in Muslim migration is a serious threat to the Continent and 86 percent saying a terrorist attack is likely in their country.

The foundation surveyed 1,000 people in each of the 28 EU member nations. The poll — Project 28: Report on the condition of the European Union — was carried out in April but publication of the results delayed until after the Brexit referendum.

The report states that the majority of European citizens believe “the immigration wave increases the risk of terrorism, the number of criminal activities, and imposes risk on the cultural integrity of the countries that are impacted by it.” The figures back that up, with 77 percent feeling the EU is not doing a good job of tackling the migration crisis and 83 percent wanting the bloc to do more to strengthen its external borders. [POLITICO] Read more

Majority of EU Citizens Fear Muslim Migration

According to an EU-wide study, 70 per cent of Europeans believe Muslim migration poses a serious threat to the continent, while 86 per cent fear that terrorist attacks in their country are likely.

The survey, conducted by Hungarian think-tank the Szazadveg Foundation, polled 1,000 people in each of the European Union’s (EU) member nations. While the study was carried out in April, the publication of the results was delayed until after Britain’s referendum.

The report found that Europeans are deeply unhappy about migration and the EU’s response to the migrant crisis. It states that the majority of EU citizens believe “the immigration wave increases the risk of terrorism, the number of criminal activities, and imposes risk on the cultural integrity of the countries that are impacted by it.”

84 per cent of respondents reported concern over the level of illegal immigration to Europe and 63 per cent feared an influx of immigration would change the cultures of their countries. Asked whether “the rapid population growth of Muslims” is a threat to Europe, 70 per cent agreed. A sizable majority in each of the 28 countries felt Islam posed a threat to their country but in much of Eastern Europe this sentiment was shared by more than 80 per cent of the population.

The majority of those polled said they would vote to remain in the EU, if given a choice. The survey showed widespread dissatisfaction with the bloc’s approach to migration, however. [Breitbart London] Read more

91% of EU citizens believe ISIS will pose threat to Europe in next 5yrs – poll

A majority of EU citizens believe Islamic State will pose a serious threat to Europe over the next five years and that attacks such as those that rocked Paris in November 2015 could happen again, a recent poll revealed.

The survey ‘Project 28’ conducted by the Szazadveg Foundation, an independent think-tank organization, was concluded in April this year. However, it was only published after the Brexit referendum in the UK.

One of the questions the think-tank asked was: “How likely do you expect that a terrorist attack like what just happened in Paris could happen in your country?”

The Paris attacks, claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, killed at least 130 and injured more than 400 people in November 2015. [RT News] Read more

Shock poll finds majority of Europeans think Brussels is NOT performing

Most of those questioned also fear the rise of the Muslim population poses a threat to their country.

The major study, which surveyed 28,000 people from across the 28 member states, revealed an overwhelming view of incompetence of Brussels leaders.

Researchers surveyed EU citizens in each member state and found most (83 per cent) thought Brussels needed to protect borders more effectively, with populations in France, Belgium and the UK the most fearful of terrorist attacks.

In the study which found migrants and terrorism at the top of EU citizens’ list of fears, more than two thirds (65 per cent) believe the influx of migrants would increase the threat of terrorism and crime. And 63 per cent think the flow of arrivals will change the culture of their country. [EXPRESS.CO.UK] Read more