Irish people among the most positive about the impacts of immigration
A new EU survey on the Integration of Immigrants in the EU reveals that 80% of Irish people, highest in the EU, feel that the integration of most immigrants is successful in their local area or country. The EU average is 54% with people least positive in Bulgaria at 24%. And 76% of Irish people believe that the integration of most immigrants has been successful in their city or area, highest in the EU.
The survey also shows that:
- Over 9 in 10 (92%) Irish people would be comfortable (totally or somewhat) having an immigrant as their friend, 4th highest in the EU after Sweden (96%), the Netherlands (95%) and the UK (93%). The EU average was 81% with Hungary in bottom place at 33%. Hungary was the only EU country where a majority (55%) said they would feel uncomfortable. Ireland (40%) also has the third highest share of people who have friends who are immigrants.
- Over 9 in 10 Irish people (92%) would also be comfortable (totally or somewhat) having an immigrant as a work colleague, 3rd highest in the EU after Sweden (95%) and the Netherlands (93%). The UK was in 4th place at 90%. The EU average was 78% with people in Hungary (32%) least likely to feel comfortable. Hungary was the only country where a majority would feel uncomfortable having an immigrant as a work colleague (55%).
- 95% of Irish people would feel comfortable having an immigrant as a neighbour, 2nd highest in the EU after Sweden at 96%. The EU average was 78% with Hungary in bottom place at 30%. A majority of people in Hungary (60%) would feel uncomfortable having an immigrant as a neighbour.
- Over 9 in 10 Irish people (94%) would feel comfortable having an immigrant as their doctor, highest in the EU and ahead of Sweden and the UK (both 93%) and the Netherlands (92%). The EU average was 76% falling to 38% in Bulgaria and 35% in Hungary.
- Almost 9 in 10 (87%) Irish people would feel comfortable about welcoming an immigrant into their family. Only the Netherlands and Sweden had higher shares. The EU average was 70% with Bulgaria (23%) and Hungary (27%) at the bottom of the table.
- Over half of Irish respondents (55%) have daily interaction with immigrants, second highest in the EU after Greece (57%). The EU average was 38% falling to a low of 1% in Bulgaria and 4% in Romania.
- About one-third (32%) of Irish people interact daily with immigrants in the workplace, 2nd highest after Sweden at 35%. The EU average was 20% with Bulgaria (1%) and Romania (2%) in bottom place.
- Almost one in four (24%) of Irish people have daily interaction with immigrants in a childcare setting, school or university and 14% have weekly interaction with them. These are the highest shares in the EU where the averages are 12% daily and 9% weekly. Respondents in Hungary and Bulgaria (both 1% daily) were in bottom place.
Over 1000 Irish people were interviewed for the survey in October 2017.
The full Eurobarometer report, including an Ireland national report, can be found here.