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January 25, 2022
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Inscop survey: Over half of Romanians believe Romania should not take in refugees

Over half of Romanians believe Romania should not take in refugees, while 82.1 per cent of those who believe it should believe the country should establish on its own the quota of refugees it can receive, an INSCOP Research survey shows.
The survey shows that 95.8 per cent of the respondents are aware of the refugee crisis. 41.7 per cent of them believe the refugees are trying to enter the European Union because of the war in the Middle East, 23.4 per cent because they are organized groups seeking to destabilize Europe, 23.3 per cent believe the refugees left their countries of origin because of poverty and 5.8 per cent simply because they prefer to live in the European Union.
The share of those who believe Romania could become an important transit country for immigrants is small. Thus, only 9.3 per cent of the respondents state that they believe that to be the case “to a great extent,” while 20.2 per cent believe that to be the case “to a large extent.”
Almost a quarter of the respondents believe there are small chances for that to happen. Thus, 22.5 per cent believe the chances of that happening are not small but not big either, and 12.2 per cent state that this would be possible to a very small extent.
Asked “To what extent do you believe Romania could become an important destination (in which they would settle) for immigrants from the Orient,” only 7 per cent of respondents believe that to be the case “to a great extent,” 16.9 per cent believe that to be the case “to a large extent,” 21.8 per cent “neither to a large nor to a small extent,” 27.1 per cent “to a small extent” and 17.2 per cent “to a very small extent.”
56.2 per cent of Romanians state that Romania should not take in refugees, 35.5 per cent believe that our country should take in refugees, and 8.3 per cent state they do not know or refused to answer.
Of the 35.5 per cent who said that Romania should take in refugees, 82.1 per cent believe Romania should establish on its own the quota of refugees it can take in, while 14.6 per cent believe Romania should accept the quota set at EU level.
65.3 per cent of the respondents state that they would not agree with refugees settling down in Romania and only 26.5 per cent would accept this.
The percentage of those saying they are against refugees settling down in their locality is even higher – 67.1 per cent – and only 24.4 per cent would be in favour of that.
The survey was conducted on September 10-15 on a representative sample of 1,085 respondents. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 per cent at a confidence degree of 95 per cent. The survey was conducted by INSCOP Research and ordered by Adevarul daily.

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