Survey: Germans split over migrant integration

Two comparative surveys done at New Year’s in 2014 and in 2016 showed that welcoming attitudes among Germans whose families lack migratory experience sank from 36 percent to 28 percent.

Their endorsement of statements that migrants felt welcome in Germany and that Germany had become more diverse had fallen from 55 to 43 percent and 47 to 42 percent, respectively.

The study commissioned by Germany’s Mercator Foundation based in the western city of Essen and published Thursday in Berlin highlighted instead a “resurgence of integration-impeding attitudes.”

Last year, Germany took in more than one million asylum seekers, many of whom had used the “Balkan route,” which southeastern European nations, including Macedonia and Austria, sealed off in February. [Deutsche Welle] Read more