Two-thirds of respondents in a recent poll see illegal migration to Hungary as a worrying issue, while some 40 percent said that the problem was serious, pollster Századvég told MTI on Wednesday, citing a survey of 1,000 adults conducted in December.
Fully 76 percent of all respondents thought that masses of African migrants would come to Europe in the next decade, mostly “for clearly economic reasons”, the pollster said. Eighty-seven percent said that migrants were an increasing burden on the European economy, while only 8 percent saw them as an economic asset, the report said.
Eighty-six percent also said that immigration from other cultures was likely to increase the chances for conflicts rather than enrich European culture, the report said.
Asked about the Hungarian government’s measures concerning illegal migration, “72 percent said they were satisfied in general, while 46 percent voiced full support”, and 30 percent expressed “some kind of disagreement”, Századvég said. Seventy-eight percent of respondents voiced dissatisfaction with the European Union’s handling of illegal migration, and 18 percent said that they were “to some extent” satisfied with the same measures, the report said.
Ninety three percent said that the EU should take more effective measures to protect its borders, adding that 81 percent said they rejected a planned mechanism of distributing migrants on a quota basis.