The difficult situation of immigrants impresses Romanians. An opinion poll by IRES shows that one out of two of our fellow countrymen think that the refugees should be granted the right to choose the country where they want to build their new life. Yet, Romanians do not agree whether the respective immigrants should be received in Romania. Six out of ten Romanians say they agree that she refugees should be able to start a new life on Romanian territory as well. Nonetheless, when asked whether they would have a problem if the refugees moved in their own city, suddenly there are no more than 5 out of 10 Romanians who agree that immigrants should come to Romania, and 44 per cent of the interviewed reply with a firm “no”. The opinion poll was conducted by IRES on a sample of 1,428 persons and the margin of error was plus / minus 2.6 per cent.
According to the IRES poll, 32 per cent of the interviewees agree that Romania should receive on its territory a certain number of immigrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa. Instead, 24 per cent of the interviewed disagree with the plans of the European Committee to redistribute immigrants to our country as well.
On the other hand, 42 per cent of Romanians would not agree to share the city they live in with immigrants, the same opinion poll shows. There are no more than 23 per cent who would be able to accept the presence of immigrants in their city.
Romanians do not credit the Government of being able to deal with an eventual crisis of refugees in our country. Almost 35 per cent of the interviewees think that the Government would be unable to face a rus of immigrants and no more than 15 per cent consider that the Executive would handle the crisis adequately.
Romanians do not think that the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) would do better either. 40 per cent of attendants to the poll say that they have a small amount of trust in the capacity of CSAT to handle the crisis, while 27 per cent say they have a high amount of trust.
The study also shows why Romanians are reluctant about the presence of immigrants in their country. Half of the interviewees think that the presence of refugees would increase the risk of an eventual terrorist attack initiated by the Islamic State organization.
The Romanians’ perception towards refugees:
I agree that Romanians should receive a certain number of refugees.
Partially agree: 33 per cent. Fully agree: 32 per cent. Fully disagree: 24 per cent.
I agree that a certain number of immigrants should be accommodated in my city.
Fully disagree: 42 per cent. Partially agree: 23 per cent. Fully agree: 23 per cent.
If you think about managing a crisis of immigrants, how much do you trust the Government?
A small level: 41 per cent. None: 34 per cent. A high level: 15 per cent. A very high level: 5 per cent.
If you think about managing a crisis of immigrants, how much do you trust CSAT?
A small level: 40 per cent. A high level: 27 per cent. A very high level: 12 per cent.
The risk of a terrorist attack from behalf of ISIS increases with the arrival of immigrants.
Fully agree: 50 per cent. Partially agree: 22 per cent. Fully disagree: 13 per cent.
ECHR: Collective immigrant expulsion illegal
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on 1 September ruled against Italy over the conditions in which Tunisian immigrants had been detained on the Lampedusa Island before being collectively expelled back to Tunisia in 2011. The Court found that the immigrants had been kept in conditions ‘hurting dignity’ in a Lampedusa reception centre. In its ruling, the Court of Strasbourg also questions the lawfulness of immigrant detention and their expulsion.
ECHR judges whose decision can be appealed were notified by three Tunisian nationals. Captured at sea in 2011, they were escorted by the Italian authorities to a reception centre in Contrada Imbriacola, on the Lampedusa Island.
On the other hand, the Court found that ‘the plaintiffs were subject to collective expulsions, and their expulsion decrees did not consider their personal circumstances’, which is against the European Convention on Human Rights.