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Poll Finds: Majority Believe Their Communities Are Good For Immigrants

Residents of North America were most like to say that their Communities Are Good For Immigrants. Over half of people in countries around the world seems to believe that their city is a good place for immigrants to settle. An average of 45% percent of adults in 143 countries said their cities as well as communities are good enough places for immigrants to live. According to the new Gallup poll that surveyed respondents in 2018, this is an increase from 47% in 2010.

Majority Believe Their Communities Are Good For Immigrants

79% of people in North America believe that their communities were good for immigrants to settle, down just one percent point from 2010. Canadians top the list, with 90% saying their cities were good for migrants; and 78% of Americans say the same.

In terms of how the experience of the cities are viewed, countries in the European Union are the most divided. The highest approval ratings was reported to be Portugal, with 87% of people giving their city good marks. At the other end of the spectrum, in Hungary,just 17% of people think their cities are the best for immigrants to settle.

The percentage of those living in East Central and Southeast Europe, which includes many of the countries at the forefront of the migrant and refugee crisis, declined the most, from 48% who thought their community was good for immigrants in 2010 to 41% in 2018.

The percentage of people in South Asian countries who say their communities are good for immigrants increased the most of any region, climbing 20 percentage points from 33% in 2010 to 53% in 2018.

While the percentage of residents in Southeast Asian countries who believe their cities are good for immigrants increased eight percentage points, residents remain the least likely to think so – with only 40% recommending their city for migrants.

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