As reported by a new study that was prepared by Bertelsmann Foundation, the half of participants to survey claimed that Germany reached its maximum limit in order to deal with more asylum-seekers. The rate of people, that supports this belief, was 40 percent in 2015 that the year the country set the highest-record for receiving immigrants. So, this survey finds out raising apprehension on receiving more asylum-seekers.
According to the article in Deutsche Welle, 54 percent of respondents said that Germany attained top limit of a number of asylum-seekers and people’s consent to accept more refugees has lessened since 2015. Within this period, many terrorist attacks carried out in Germany by many Afghan, Syrian, and Tunisian refugees. These merciless cases can play critical roles on such difference on attitude towards refuugees.
Although 59 percent of participants thought asylum-seekers are in welcome in Germany, 74 of them welcome immigrants. These numbers show that Germans have still positive attitude towards refugees and other immigrants. However, this rate has increased in 5 years contrary to expectations.The rate of people, who said they welcomed immigrants, was 49 percent in 2012 and this number was 59 in 2015. So, the other work shows that Germany is most friendly-immigrant country among all European countries. This study was done among members of y generation ( millennials ) and most of them are open-minded to immigration.
At the same time, Bertelsmann Stiftung’s this study also demonstrates discrepancy in attitude towards immigration between West and East of Germany. Nearby 65 of Germans in the west are pleased in the matter of accepting refugees. Yet, this rate is falling by only its half in another side ( 33 percent ). Basak Yavcan explained the reasons that caused such climate between these two sides of Germany in her work named Public Opinion Towards Immigration in Europe: Heterogenous Approach (2011) by using Clark and Legge’s (1997) and Heyder and Schmit’s (2003) findings. She mentions that while ethnocentrism is the main determiner for attitudes of West Germans to immigration, economic self-interest is in the foreground for residents in East Germany.
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