Migration and Struggle in Greece

Survey propaganda confirms mass media propaganda…

Posted by clandestina on 6 July 2009

There is a watershed of similar surveys in Greece since some weeks.   These surveys rectify the shift not of  “the society” as they claim but of the terms of discussion towards anti-refugee opinions.   Questionnaires have since years been including the “should there be a limit in the numbers…” question…


No more immigrants say 93 pct of Greeks in survey

An overwhelming majority of people in Greece believe that the country cannot accept any more immigrants, according to a survey carried out by the firm Public Issue and printed in the Sunday issue of the newspaper “Kathimerini”.

Asked if Greece had reached the limit of immigrants that it can accept, 93 percent of people answered ‘yes’ and only 4 percent said ‘no’. Another 3 percent replied ‘don’t know, won’t answer’.

The newspaper noted the conservative swing in attitudes toward migration and pointed out that 72 percent of those asked consider that immigration policy is “less strict than it ought to be”. In response to the same question the previous year, fewer than 65 percent agreed with that view.

Asked to evaluate the impact of migration on Greece, 62 percent of those asked in 2009 consider it “probably harmful”, up from 54 percent in the previous year.

Immigration concerns hit peak

Three in four voters believe that there is a direct correlation between immigration and rising crime in Greece, while 39 percent believes that migrants are taking jobs from Greeks. Almost half of the respondents feel that migrants are employed in positions in which Greeks would not be interested. Overall, 62 percent believe that immigration is “probably” doing harm to Greece. This is up from 54 percent last year. In contrast, 19 percent believe that it is “probably” doing good, down from 23 percent in 2008.

Nine in 10 Greeks believe that the country has reached saturation as concerns the number of immigrants it can accept, according to a new opinion poll carried out for Sunday’s Kathimerini.

The Public Issue survey found that 93 percent of the public questioned believes that Greece cannot accept any more migrants, while only 4 percent believes that there is still room for more.

Immigration has come to the forefront as an issue on the political landscape over the last few months, particularly after the government’s defeat in the European Parliament elections last month, and it appears that an increasing proportion of voters are concerned about the influx of migrants.

Seven in 10 (72 percent) believe that immigration laws in Greece are too lax – up from 65 percent last year – while half believe that the regulations in the European Union are not tough enough to deter illegal immigration. This is up from 33 percent of those questioned in 2008.

In recent weeks, the government has proposed several measures to tackle illegal immigration, one of which is to create detention centers at former army camps. Just over a third of the 622 people questioned disagreed with this measure but 56 percent thought that it was a good idea. Just over half of respondents also believe that immigration harms the economy, as opposed to 32 percent, who believe that immigrants are a boon to economic growth.

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