World wrestles with ‘migrant acceptance’ #migrants #migrantacceptance

Gallup Poll results: Iceland tops the list as the “most accepting” nation on the planet — followed by New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Sierra Leone, Mali, Australia, Sweden, the U.S. and Nigeria.

Macedonia led the least of the “least accepting” countries — followed by Montenegro, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Israel, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Croatia.

Gallup has conducted a massive global poll to determine the rate of “migrant acceptance” among the nations of the world. How massive? It took the pollster two years to complete the research, which involved telephone and face-to-face interviews in 140 countries; each sample included at least 1,000 adults, though India, Russia and China warranted larger polls — between 2,000 and 4,000 respondents.

“The questions gauge whether residents in each country think migrants living in their country, becoming their neighbors and marrying into their families are good things or bad things. The higher the resulting index score, the more accepting the population is of migrants,” Gallup explained in their analysis of the complex findings.

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“At the global level, the closer the degree of personal proximity, the less likely people are to say it is a good thing. A majority worldwide (54 percent) say migrants living in their countries is a good thing. Slightly fewer — but still half, at 50 percent — say a migrant becoming their neighbor is a good thing, and 44 percent say a migrant marrying a close relative is a good thing.”

“Scores are particularly low in a number of countries that have been on the front lines of the recent migrant crisis in Europe and particularly high in several countries with long histories as receiving nations. We also know generally that younger, educated and urban people are more accepting, and that in almost every country, acceptance scores are higher if people know at least one migrant,” the Gallup analysis said.

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