SURVEY - Hungarians afraid of migrants more than average
A higher proportion of Hungarians are afraid of migrants than the average in a 22-nation survey conducted by Ipsos, with 55 percent of Hungarians supporting the border fence and 72 percent concerned about disguised terrorism.
Some 62 percent of Hungarians believe that the motivation for migrants is to live in better economic conditions and get access to welfare, health and education services, Ipsos said in a statement on Thursday.
The pollster asked 16,000 people between June 24 and July 16. The countries involved were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Only 6 percent of Hungarian respondents said migration could have positive consequences.
A total of 85 percent of those asked in Hungary said the number of migrants increased in the past five years and 57 percent said migrants pose extra pressure on public services. Some 41 percent of Hungarians said migrants could have a negative impact on the labour market but 33 percent said skilled migrants should be given a chance to find jobs.
Only 13 percent of Hungarians said that migrants made Hungary "a more interesting place", the second lowest rate in the list of 22 countries.
Bobby Duffy, managing director of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, said that in none of the 22 countries surveyed did the majority say migration had a positive impact on their country. Views against migration were the strongest in Turkey, Italy, Hungary and Russia, he added.